Artifact of the Week — November 2, 2017

Hanging ashtray shaped like an owl

Hanging ashtray shaped like an owl

This is a hanging ashtray shaped like an owl.  There are slots on each side to hold cigarettes.   The glass has a multicolored glaze of orange, brown and gold.  It is seven inches wide and 11 inches tall.    This artifact is part of the Howard Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

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Artifact of the Week — October 26, 2017

Dr. R.W. Toler - dated July 1946

Dr. R.W. Toler – dated July 1946

A photo of Dr. R.W. Toler (left) who is playing a game of cards in his dental lab at the rear of the Union Bank and Trust building which opened onto Arch Street in Searcy.  The game is thought to be Acey Deucy, a form of backgammon.  The calendar on the wall is dated July 1946.  Three other calendars show Camel cigarettes and Sir Walter Raleigh pipe tobacco and pipe and a black Zippo lighter.     This artifact is part of the White County Historical Society Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

 

 

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Artifact of the Week — October 19, 2017

Lightening Ice Cube Breaker  from the 1930s

Lightening Ice Cube Breaker from the 1930s

This is a “Lightening Ice Cube Breaker”  no. 104 from the 1930s.  It is approximately 4 inches square and is a crank operated ice breaker.  The bowl was to catch the chipped ice.  Made by the North Brothers Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia.     This artifact is part of the Scheer Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

 

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Artifact of the Week — October 12, 2017

10 inch boy doll with knitted sweater and pants

10 inch boy doll with knitted sweater and pants

This boy doll is 10 inches tall and wears a knitted sweater and pants.  Its body is made from leather and has painted on shoes.  The head is made of celluloid with glass eyes.  One eye is dislodged from its head.       This artifact is part of the Crouch Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

 

 

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Artifact of the Week — October 5, 2017

reproduction of the 1840 Sandwich Glass Cup Plate

reproduction of the 1840 Sandwich Glass Cup Plate

A commemorative plate made of dark blue glass is featured in this photo.  The plate is smooth on top with photos and words etched into the bottom.  The words “Tippecanoe, Fort Meigs, and W.m.H. Harrison” are etched into the glass.  A picture of a log cabin is in the center of the plate.  This plate was made 1900-1925 and was a reproduction of the 1840 Sandwich Glass Cup Plate from the 15 plate “log cabin” series which commemorated Harrison’s defense of Fort Meigs and the Battle of the Thames in 1813 and the Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana in 1812.  The donor’s ancestor, the Reverend George Gill of Batesville served under William H. Harrison in the battle of Tippecanoe.       This object is part of the Wright Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

 

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