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    • Steelyard balance

    • Steelyard balance

    • Scales; Weights & measures

    • The steelyard balance has unequal arms and is used to weigh items. The item to be weighed is hung from the shorter arm, and a counterweight slides along the longer arm until the scale is balanced. The position of the counterweight on the longer arm...
    • Ceramic pitcher and wash bowl

    • Ceramic pitcher and wash bowl

    • Pitchers; Bowls (Tableware)

    • The white ceramic pitcher is decorated with a white, orange, and yellow floral design, and has gold edging around the top and on the handle. The white bowl has an embossed pattern on the rim. Until the mid 1800's indoor plumbing was not common, so...
    • Medicine case label

    • Medicine case label

    • Medicine; Labels

    • Instructions printed on a paper label for a package of Ramon's Laxative cold tablets are included inside a worn brown leather medicine bag. The text of the label reads: "1 ingredient reduces fever, another stops aches and pains and then having...
    • 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...
    • Wax letter seals in container

    • Wax letter seals in container

    • Correspondence; Containers

    • This hinged metal box contains five intact wax letter seals along with four fragmented seals. Before adhesive envelopes were available, wax seals were used to prevent letters from being opened until accepted by the proper recipient.
    • Branding iron

    • Branding iron

    • Cattle brands

    • This branding iron is a long metal rod with a curve-shaped symbol attached at one end with two prongs. Branding irons were heated until red-hot, and then pressed against the hide of livestock to leave an identifying scar or mark.

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