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    • Pincushion

    • Pincushion

    • Pins & needles; Sewing equipment & supplies

    • A black metal band encircles this red velvet pincushion decorated with a black button at the top. Four straight pins with black heads are attached through the band. The small stuffed cushion is used in sewing to rigidly hold pins or needles.
    • Boat stone

    • Boat stone

    • Rocks

    • A smooth, oval, light brown boat stone has a hollowed center and black markings on back. The term boat stone, commonly used to identify this type of artifact, comes from the general boat shape of the stone. The boat stone served as a weight or...
    • Kerosene lamp

    • Kerosene lamp

    • Lamps; Glassware

    • Both the base and chimney or shade of this kerosene lamp are clear glass. The base portion, used to contain kerosene or oil includes a cotton wick, and is decorated with an embossed vine design. Kerosene lamps were widely used until the invention...
    • Fireplace tongs

    • Fireplace tongs

    • Equipment

    • Constructed from two long parallel hinged handles that curve into opposing semi-circles near the ends, these tongs were used to handle hot wood and coals in a fireplace or fire.
    • Blue feathers

    • Blue feathers

    • Feathers

    • Dark blue feathers are gathered with black tape to form pom poms. Two smaller pom poms extend from the center of a large ball-shaped grouping of feathers. The feathers could be used as a decorative millinery accessory.
    • Wooden pillbox

    • Wooden pillbox

    • Containers; Boxes

    • Made of burled and inlaid wood, this small elegant rectangular box was used as either a pillbox or snuff box. The box has curved edges and two hinged lids on the top that open in opposite directions, concealing small compartments. The lids are...
    • Apron

    • Apron

    • Aprons; Clothing & dress

    • Made of pink cotton, this child's apron has a round collar with white lace edging. The ends of the short, wide sleeves are also trimmed with white lace. The apron has a front neckline opening with five small white buttons, and it has two small...
    • Can capping machine

    • Can capping machine

    • Canning & preserving; Machinery

    • Manufactured by Automatic Canning Devices, Inc. in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, this dark aluminum capping machine was cranked by hand with a wooden handle. Patent numbers include 1711336-1780729, 1961650 and others. The machine was used to attach lids...
    • Bale hooks

    • Bale hooks

    • Agricultural machinery & implements

    • Pointed metal rods are bent through a ring to form bale hooks used to hold sacks or bales of cotton or hay.
    • Powder flask

    • Powder flask

    • Containers; Gunpowder

    • Round brass powder flask includes a spout to measure and pour gunpowder. Flasks are used as containers for loose gunpowder, and are successors of powder horns.
    • Glue pot

    • Glue pot

    • Glue; Pots & pans

    • Similar to a double boiler, this set of pots was used to heat hide glue, an adhesive made by boiling animal connective tissue. The larger pot is marked "Marietta, PA" on its exterior. Both pots have curved wire handles.
    • Cane knife

    • Cane knife

    • Knives; Machetes

    • Similar to a machete, this cane knife is nearly 27 inches long with a three inch blade. Used to harvest sugarcane, it has a rusted blade and is in worn condition. The hook at the tip of the blade is used to pick up cut cane. Sugarcane was grown...
    • Broad axe

    • Broad axe

    • Axes

    • The broad axe has a wide triangular shaped blade with a slightly curved cutting edge. The wooden handle is secured to the blade with a metal band and metal spikes or nails. Broad axes are tools used to create building timbers and planks.
    • Derringer pistol

    • Derringer pistol

    • Handguns; Firearms

    • The derringer is a small handgun that is easily concealed. This pistol is made of metal and wood, and is similar to the handgun used to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
    • Plane

    • Plane

    • Woodworking; Carpentry

    • The handle and blade of this large plane have been removed. The tool has two wooden screws that fasten the fence to the plane, and an iron plate is attached to the bottom. A wooden wedge is used to secure an iron blade. The overall length of the...
    • Lasting pliers

    • Lasting pliers

    • Equipment

    • The inscription on these metal lasting pliers is "2- warranted steel Har..." The pliers have ridged teeth on the gripping surfaces, and were used in leather working.
    • Railroad lantern

    • Railroad lantern

    • Lanterns; Lighting

    • The railroad lantern has a metal cage with a translucent glass globe inscribed "R. Parmelee, Nacogdoches, Texas." This type of lantern was used to relay signals and to inspect trains at night.

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