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    • Four poster bed

    • Four poster bed

    • Beds; Furniture

    • This wooden four poster bed has turned posts and a scroll shaped headboard. This type of bed is used with a heavy cotton mattress and a feather bed. The bed was made in Nacogdoches, Texas, in the fall of 1836 for the Rusk family, and was later...
    • Minié bullet

    • Minié bullet

    • Bullets; Ammunition

    • This Minié ball is a conical, cylindrical soft lead bullet with three grooves around the base of the cylinder. This type of bullet, used in muzzle loading rifles, became prominent during the United States Civil War.
    • Hairpin lace

    • Hairpin lace

    • Lace; Lace making; Needlework

    • Using a hairpin shaped metal frame and a crochet hook, crocheted hairpin lace is made by wrapping yarn around the frame forming loops that are held together with crochet stitches in the center. Strips of this type of lace can be stitched together...
    • 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.
    • Counterbalance loom

    • Counterbalance loom

    • Looms; Weaving; Textiles

    • This handmade wooden counterbalance loom has four harnesses and is assembled with wooden pegs. When any two of its harnesses are raised, two other harnesses are lowered. It is the most common type of loom and was used weave yarn into cloth with a...
    • Hatpin

    • Hatpin

    • Pins & needles; Clothing & dress

    • This long metal hatpin is topped with a white bead. Used to secure a hat to the hair, this type of pin was a common accessory for women into the twentieth century.
    • Civil War rifle

    • Civil War rifle

    • Rifles; Firearms

    • One of the most popular guns of the Civil War was this type of muzzle-loading rifle with an attached bayonet. The long rifle has a metal barrel and trigger mechanism. The wooden rifle stock is inscribed with the name Dotson.
    • 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...
    • Spinning wheel

    • Spinning wheel

    • Spinning apparatus; Yarn; Thread

    • Used to spin thread or yarn, this is a great, or walking, type spinning wheel commonly used during the 19th century. The entire piece is made of dark brown varnished wood with an overall length of seven feet. The 3.5 foot wheel is attached to main...
    • Yarn winder

    • Yarn winder

    • Yarn; Equipment

    • This wooden tool uses five spokes mounted above a rectagular base to wind, measure, and count lengths of yarn. A small handle extends from one spoke to allow the reel to be turned. This type of yarn winder is known as a click reel, named for the...

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