Objects - Metal

The metal collection includes Vermont-made silver and pewter goods, as well as jewelry, watches, and other fine metal objects that were used in the state.

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Artillery Shell Fragment
Name/Title
Artillery Shell Fragment
Entry/Object ID
1967.76.2
Description
Large circular fragment of an artillery shell.
Context
Shot into the foot of Laureston E. Manly of Chittenden, VT, during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1967.76
Source or Donor
Battles, Lottie
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1962-1963
Lexicon
Shell, Artillery,Shell, Armament,Ammunition,Armaments,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Manley, Laureston E. (1835-1922)
Killington, Chittenden, Woodstock
Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg
Balance
Name/Title
Balance
Entry/Object ID
1870.1a-j
Description
Money scales and case consisting of a rod from which two round disks hang, and six weights of various sizes. The whole is contained within an oval paperboard box covered in thin leather.
Use
Used to determine the value of coinage by weight
Context
Used by Hon. Samuel Mattocks, second State Treasurer of Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1870.1
Source or Donor
Vermilye, Mrs. J.H.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1786-1800
Lexicon
Balance,Scale,Weights & Measures T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Mattocks, Samuel (1739-1804)
Montpelier
Basin
Name/Title
Basin
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1427
Description
Round pewter basin with folded lip. The bottom interior is marked, "RICHARD.LEE".
Context
Made by Richard Lee in Springfield, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Artist
Lee, Richard (1747-1823)
18th Century
Springfield
Lexicon
Basin,Vessel,Containers,Category 07: Distribution & Transportation Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Pewter
Basin
Name/Title
Basin
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1428
Description
Round pewter basin with folded lip. The bottom interior is marked, "RICHARD.LEE".
Context
Made by Richard Lee in Springfield, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Artist
Lee, Richard (1747-1823)
18th Century
Springfield
Lexicon
Basin,Vessel,Containers,Category 07: Distribution & Transportation Objects
Materials
Pewter
Bell
Name/Title
Bell
Entry/Object ID
1937.3
Description
Round metal bell with a striker at the top. The striker is marked, "C. T. LITTLE MAKER".
Use
Used to signal when the train was starting, stopping, or moving through a congested area like an intersection or train yard
Context
From the locomotive, Governor Paine, which traveled between White River Junction, Vermont, and Montpelier, Vermont, 1855-1863.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1937.3
Source or Donor
Flint, Elliott
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
C. T. LITTLE
1855-1863
Providence
Lexicon
Bell,Device, Sound Signaling,Sound Communication Devices,Sound Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Brass
Relationships
Flint, Henry Sanborn
White River Junction, Montpelier
Bell
Name/Title
Bell
Entry/Object ID
1976.23a-b
Description
Metal bell and stand. The bell is molded with an eagle and stars and sits on a square, wooden base. The base has a metal plaque with the inscription, "For Outstanding Contribution to the Success of the Nation's 200th Anniversary - 1976" and the logo for the American Bicentennial Administration.
Context
Presented to Governor Salmon in Warren, Vermont, Oct. 23, 1976.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1976.23
Source or Donor
Salmon, Thomas Paul (b. 1932)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Office of the Governor
Made or Created
1976
United States of America
Lexicon
Souvenir,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Bronze, Wood
Relationships
Salmon, Thomas Paul (b. 1932)
Warren
US Bicentennial Celebration
Bell
Name/Title
Bell
Entry/Object ID
1965.39.5
Description
Brass bell with black wooden handle. The vasiform handle is turned and fit around a metal bolt with a decorative nut at the end.
Context
Used at the West Fairlee Hotel, which burned down in the mid-19th century.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1965.39
Source or Donor
Eastman, Elizabeth Smollet
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
19th Century
Lexicon
Bell,Device, Sound Signaling,Sound Communication Devices,Sound Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Brass
Relationships
Fairlee
Belt
Name/Title
Belt
Entry/Object ID
1977.40
Description
Circular, solid-silver belt with gold shield clasp. The belt is engraved with a floral pattern that covers the outer surface. The front shield is chased with a floral border engraved with the inscription, "Champion of the World, presented by the citizens of New York". The belt is inscribed with the names of the previous world champions from 1877, 1880, 1884, and 1887 (John McMahon).
Context
Won by John McMahon of Bakersfield, VT, 1887.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1977.40
Source or Donor
Hale, Mrs. Frank
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Schuyler, Hartley & Graham
1887
Lexicon
Belt,Clothing Accessories,Clothing,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver, Brass
Relationships
McMahon, John (1841-1911)
Bakersfield
Belt Buckle
Name/Title
Belt Buckle
Entry/Object ID
1992.11.1ab
Description
Pewter belt buckle with 4 designs and a mountain profile along the top edge. The top left corner has the Constitution House in Windsor, bottom left is the logo of the Vt. Bicentennial, the top right has the words "Freedom and Unity", and the bottom right shows the Statehouse. The reverse is marked with the manufacturer's copyright, their strike, a proof mark of 2500 buckles (1991 Limited Edition), a statement concerning the design, a licensing statement, and the number 900382. The buckle is mounted inside a deep frame on plush, blue fabric.
Context
Made to celebrate the Vermont Bicentennial.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1992.11
Source or Donor
Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Buckles 'N Stuff
1990
Underhill
Lexicon
Buckle, Belt,Buckle, Clothing,Clothing Accessories,Clothing,Category 03: Personal Objects
Materials
Pewter
Relationships
Vermont Bicentennial
Bottle Opener
Name/Title
Bottle Opener
Entry/Object ID
1975.25.3
Description
Metal bottle opener. The handle is stamped with the label, "BARR'S BETTER BEVERAGES / HARDWICK, VT."
Context
Made by Barr's Better Beverages in Hardwick, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1975.25
Source or Donor
Barr's Better Beverages
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Barr's Better Beverages
1950
Hardwick
Lexicon
Opener, Bottle,Opener, Food Container,Food Preparation Equipment,Food Processing & Preparation T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Hardwick
Button
Name/Title
Button
Entry/Object ID
2017.3.10
Description
Bronze circular button with roughly applied post back. The front of the button is etched with a petaled flower in the center, radiating lines, dots, and scallops around the edge.
Context
Produced for French traders to trade with Indigenous Americans.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2017.3
Source or Donor
Wiseman, Frederick M.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Gift of Frederick M. Wiseman
Made or Created
17th Century
Ethnography
Abenaki
Lexicon
Button,Fastener, Textile,Notion,Needleworking Equipment,Textileworking T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Bronze
Relationships
France, Franklin County
Button
Name/Title
Button
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.30
Description
Silver post-backed button with the molded inscription, "RUTLAND", on a striped textured ground.
Context
Worn by an employee of the Rutland Railroad
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Lexicon
Button,Fastener, Textile,Notion,Needleworking Equipment,Textileworking T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Rutland Railroad
Button
Name/Title
Button
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.14
Description
Silver-toned post-backed button molded with the intertwined initials CV.
Context
Used on the uniforms of employees of the Central Vermont Railway
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Lexicon
Button,Fastener, Textile,Notion,Needleworking Equipment,Textileworking T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Central Vermont Railway
Button
Name/Title
Button
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.31
Description
Silver-toned post-backed button with the molded inscription, "RUTLAND" on a striped textured ground.
Context
Worn by an employee of the Rutland Railroad
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Scovell Manufacturing Company
Waterbury
Lexicon
Button,Fastener, Textile,Notion,Needleworking Equipment,Textileworking T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Materials
Metal
Candle Box
Name/Title
Candle Box
Entry/Object ID
1960.123.2
Description
Rounded tin box. The box is painted black and painted with stenciled designs of flowers, berries, and swags.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1960.123
Source or Donor
Howland, Susan G.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Box, Candle,Box, Household,Storage & Display Accessories,Household Accessories,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Candlestick
Name/Title
Candlestick
Entry/Object ID
1919.4.5
Description
Brass candlestick with a square base. The base is decorated with two incised bands around the outside. The pillar is round and has a decorative molding around the bottom. It flares outward at the top.
Context
Carried by John Eddy from East Calais, VT to Walden, VT, around 1800.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1919.4
Source or Donor
Ormsbee, Ira
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1800
Lexicon
Candlestick,Candleholder,Lighting Holders,Lighting Equipment,Category 02: Furnishings
Materials
Brass
Relationships
Eddy, John
East Calais, Walden
Canister
Name/Title
Canister
Entry/Object ID
1976.24a-c
Description
Canister made from a shell casing. The bottom of the canister has the inscription, "105 MM M14B1 RMO-206-2 6-53". There is a plaque that reads, "CANNON SHELL FIRED IN HONOR OF THE STATE OF VERMONT DURING A BICENTENNIAL SALUTE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON JULY 4, 1976 AT FORT SILL OKLAHOMA / THE US ARMY FIELD ARTILLERY CENTER". The canister is mounted at the top and bottom with light-colored wood.
Context
Given to Governor Thomas Salmon from Major General Donald R. Keith of Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1976.24
Source or Donor
Salmon, Thomas Paul (b. 1932)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Office of the Governor
Made or Created
1976
Fort Sill
Lexicon
Canister,Souvenir,Memorabilia,Containers,Documentary Objects,Category 07: Distribution & Transportation Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood
Relationships
Salmon, Thomas Paul (b. 1932)
US Bicentennial Celebration
Card Receiver
Name/Title
Card Receiver
Entry/Object ID
2005.21.116
Description
Punched metal card receiver tray. The tray is engraved with an image of a round building with a central bell tower. The image is labeled, "The "Old Round Church"" at the top and "BUILT IN 1813 RICHMOND, VT." on the bottom.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2005.21
Source or Donor
Caswell, Joanna C.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Eugene R. Cleveland
Made or Created
New Method Company
1910-1930
Chicago
Lexicon
Receiver, Card,Tray, Household,Storage & Display Accessories,Household Accessories,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Relationships
Cleveland, Eugene R. (1911-2005)
Richmond
Card Receiver
Name/Title
Card Receiver
Entry/Object ID
2005.21.164
Description
Rectangular stamped metal tray etched in the center with a photographic bust portrait of a woman and a church. The portrait is labeled, "REV. FRANCES A. KIMBALL, PASTOR" and the image of the church is labeled, "First Universalist Church Williamstown, VT." The bottom of the tray is marked, "NEW METHOD CO. MONEY RAISING PLANS FOR CHURCH WORKERS CHICAGO, U. S. A."
Context
Sold as a fundraiser for the First Universalist Church in Williamstown, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
2005.21
Source or Donor
Caswell, Joanna C.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Eugene R. Cleveland
Made or Created
New Method Company
1910-1930
Chicago
Lexicon
Receiver, Card,Tray, Household,Storage & Display Accessories,Household Accessories,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Relationships
Cleveland, Eugene R. (1911-2005), Kimball, Frances A.
Williamstown
Chamberstick
Name/Title
Chamberstick
Entry/Object ID
1955.35.3
Description
Small brass candlestick with finger handle. The candlestick is set into a wide drip guard.

Small candlestick with finger handle. Hole worn in base near the handle.
Used by the Chaffee family.
Context
Used by the Chaffee family
Acquisition
Accession Number
1955.35
Source or Donor
Smith, Grace Chaffee (1877-1971)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Chamberstick,Candlestick,Candleholder,Lighting Holders,Lighting Equipment,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Brass
Clasp
Name/Title
Clasp
Entry/Object ID
2017.3.12
Description
Silver clasp or brooch with engraved and cut design. The clasp is in the shape of a circle with a hollow center. The central hole is rimmed with engraved sprigs. The outer edge and the middle are decorated with removed leaf shapes. The clasp is a hammered wire looped around a hold and spanning the center.
Context
Silver clasp made by French traders to trade with Indigenous Americans.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2017.3
Source or Donor
Wiseman, Frederick M.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Gift of Frederick M. Wiseman
Made or Created
Artist
D'Abonville, Louis Charles Palin
1763-1774
Quebec City
Ethnography
Abenaki
Lexicon
Clasp,Fastener,Multiple Use T&E for Materials,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver
Clock
Name/Title
Clock
Entry/Object ID
1971.30.4a-c
Description
Brass anniversary clock with glass dome. The clock sits on a round, brass base, with the face pedestaled on two columns. The turning pendulum mechanism is disconnected and sits loose behind the columns. The whole is contained within a clear, glass dome.
Context
Used in the Foster Reid Clement, Sr., home on College Street, Burlington, Vt., which was destroyed by fire in 1971.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1971.30
Source or Donor
Clement, Foster Reid, Jr.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Clock,Timekeeping T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Materials
Brass, Glass
Relationships
Burlington
Coffeepot
Name/Title
Coffeepot
Entry/Object ID
1959.37.37
Description
Panel sided pewter coffee pot with lid. The pot has a wooden handle and knob. It is marked "2700 Leonard Reed & Barton 10" indicating its model/design number and its capacity (10 cups).
Acquisition
Accession Number
1959.37
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Made or Created
Reed & Barton
1835-1840
Taunton
Lexicon
Coffeepot,Vessel, Drink Serving,Serving Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Pewter, Wood
Commemorative Button
Name/Title
Commemorative Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.58.44
Description
Round button printed with a black-and-white photograph showing a flooded area taken from the inside of a covered bridge. The inscription "IRENE 2011" rings the edge.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.58
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
2011
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Vermont
Hurricane Irene
Compass
Interpretative Labels
Compass, 1783 John Gardner Glasgow, Scotland Brass, wood Gift of George P. Whitelaw, 1885.1.1a-c Genl. James Whitelaw was chosen Surveyor General of Vermont, Oct. 1787, being the second Surveyor General, was re-elected every year till 1805, a period of 18 years. In 1783 whilst deputy Surveyor under Ira Allen (the then Surveyor General) he ordered a compass to be made by John Gardner of Glasgow, Scotland, which he received in 1784. This compass with chain, magnet &c. he used during the rest of his life and whilst Surveyor General of the State. At his death in 1829 it came into the possession of his Grandson John B. Whitelaw of Ryegate, VT , then 23 years old, who had learned surveying from his Grandfather, and who followed the profession at various times during his life, lastly in Wisconsin. John B. Whitelaw died in Griggsville, Ills., Dec. 4th 1884 at residence of his sister Susan White, and the identical compass, magnet, chain &c. purchased from John Gardener, sent to Vermont in 1784 and used by General Whitelaw while Surveyor General, is now in possession of his Great Grandson, Geo. P. Whitelaw of St. Louis, Mo. About the year 1864 Thos. Goodwillie of Barnet, VT, read a paper on the life of General Whitelaw before the Historical Society of Vermont at its meeting in St. Johnsbury, in which he suggested acquiring the surveying instruments, considering they would be a valuable addition to their Historical collections. This sketch of Genl. Whitelaws life was published in the Caledonian of St. Johnsbury Nov 18, 1864, and Geo. P. Whitelaw finding a copy of same among his fathers effects, has concluded to offer to donate these Surveying instruments to the Historical Society of the State of Vermont, if they so desire. There is no doubt of the identity of these instruments. The compass having John Gardeners name on the face, and it came direct from Genl. Whitelaw to his Grandson John B. Whitelaw, and who only died in December last, and from him to his son Geo. P. Whitelaw of St. Louis Mo., who makes this offer. [label copy ca. 1885]
Name/Title
Compass
Entry/Object ID
1885.1.1a-c
Description
Brass compass contained in wooden case. The compass consists of a brass disk onto which are is engraved a compass star with initials at each point indicating the cardinal directions. A narrow metal rod is mounted at the center. The disk is held within a glass-fronted mount that extends out on either side and attaches to the wooden box. The interior lid of the box is lined with a circle of green felt above the compass. The top hinges open and locks with an interior lock at the center front.
Context
Used by James Whitelaw of Ryegate, Vermont's second Surveyor General
Acquisition
Accession Number
1885.1
Source or Donor
Whitelaw, George P.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Gardner, John
1783
Glasgow
Lexicon
Compass,Navigational Equipment,Surveying & Navigational T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Brass, Wood
Relationships
Whitelaw, James
Ryegate
Cup Plate
Name/Title
Cup Plate
Entry/Object ID
1969.28.56
Description
Tin cup plate printed with a portrait bust of Admiral George Dewey in the center. The check is gold-toned and printed with the inscription, "MANILA MAY 1ST 1893. ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY, U.S.N." The rim is printed as a United States flag.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1969.28
Source or Donor
Orlowski, Alexandre
Lexicon
Plate, Cup,Plate, Food,Coaster,Dish, Eating,Food Service Accessories,Eating Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Relationships
Dewey, George (1837-1917)
Spanish-American War
Document Box
Name/Title
Document Box
Entry/Object ID
1998.27.10
Description
Painted tin dome top document box with stenciling on the top and front. The ground is painted black, and the stenciled design of wheat and flowers is painted yellow, orange, and red. The box is unfinished on the inside.
Context
Used in Moretown, Vermont, or Waterbury, Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1998.27
Source or Donor
Allyn, Edna Hathaway (1908-2004)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Case, Document,Container, Document,Writing Accessories,Written Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Relationships
Moretown, Waterbury
Document Case
Name/Title
Document Case
Entry/Object ID
1961.31
Description
Green-painted tin tube with lid.
Use
Used to hold rolled documents for transport or storage
Context
Used to hold the University of Vermont diploma of Henry Oscar Houghton of Sutton, Vermont. Houghton went on to found Riverside Press and Houghton Mifflin Co.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1961.31
Source or Donor
Houghton, Henry O.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Case, Document,Container, Document,Writing Accessories,Written Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Relationships
Houghton, Henry Oscar (1823-1895)
Sutton
Ewer
Name/Title
Ewer
Entry/Object ID
1954.34
Description
Ornamental copper ewer with marble base. The body is molded with a leaf design at center, top, and on the handle.
Context
Owned by Julia C. R. Door at The Maples in Rutland, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1954.34
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Lexicon
Ewer,Pitcher,Vessel, Drink Serving,Serving Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Copper, Marble
Relationships
Dorr, Julia C. Ripley (1825-1913)
Rutland
Eyeglasses
Name/Title
Eyeglasses
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.673ab
Description
Metal rimmed eye glasses in leather case. The glasses have small oval frames, and the earpiece are turned back into a loop. Gold lettering on case reads, "Dr. J.E. Prescott; Oculist; Brattleboro, VT"
Context
Made by Dr. Josiah Prescott, a travelling oculist who set up temporary exam rooms in local hotels across Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Prescott, Josiah Everett (1846-1903)
19th Century
Brattleboro
Lexicon
Eyeglasses,Device, Vision,Personal Assistive Objects,Personal Gear,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Overall (case)
Materials
Metal, Glass, Leather
Relationships
Prescott, Josiah Everett (1846-1903)
Key
Name/Title
Key
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.24
Description
Key with round head. The head is labeled "O & L C R R" on one side. The side opposite the head has a small portion that sticks outward with two prongs.
Context
Labeled for the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Lexicon
Key,Device, Security,Protective Devices,Regulative & Protective T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Materials
Bronze
Relationships
Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad
Key
Name/Title
Key
Entry/Object ID
1952.14.1
Description
Small bronze key with an oval bow. The bit the has two projections that together resemble a V.
Context
Used to lock the Montpelier Depot train station in Montpelier, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1952.14
Source or Donor
Deavitt, William J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Key,Device, Security,Protective Devices,Regulative & Protective T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Bronze, Brass
Relationships
Central Vermont Railway
Montpelier
Key
Name/Title
Key
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.26
Description
Key with round head. The head is stamped with the label "RUT R R" on one side and "48" on the other side. The end opposite the head has a rectangular hole where the key would be. The shaft is hollow.
Context
Labeled for the Rutland Railroad
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Lexicon
Key,Device, Security,Protective Devices,Regulative & Protective T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Rutland Railroad
Key
Name/Title
Key
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.25
Description
Key with round head. The head is stamped with the label "RUT R R" on one side and "26" on the other side. The end opposite the head has a rectangular hole where the key would be. The shaft is hollow.
Context
Labeled for the Rutland Railroad
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Materials
Bronze, Iron
Relationships
Rutland Railroad
Key
Name/Title
Key
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.27
Description
Key with round head. The head is stamped with the label "R & B R R" on one side and "WILLIAMS & PAGE" on the other side. The end opposite the head has a protruding bit with two widely set wards.
Context
Labeled for Rutland and Bennington Railroad
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Materials
Bronze
Relationships
Rutland and Burlington Railroad
Key
Name/Title
Key
Entry/Object ID
2000.55.3
Description
Large, cast brass skeleton key. On one side, the key has two large bits, each with two, simple wards. The other side has an oval bow. The shafts is impressed with the inscription, "CITY OF BURLINGTON, VERMONT" on one side and "MAYOR PETER CLAVELLE" on the other.
Context
Ceremonial key to the city of Burlington, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.55
Source or Donor
Unknown
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Key,Device, Security,Protective Devices,Regulative & Protective T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Brass
Relationships
Clavelle, Peter (b. 1949)
Burlington
Key
Name/Title
Key
Entry/Object ID
1952.14.2
Description
Large bronze key. The key has an oval bow, and the bit has three projections and two key wards.
Context
Used to lock the freight office at the train station in Montpelier, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1952.14
Source or Donor
Deavitt, William J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Key,Device, Security,Protective Devices,Regulative & Protective T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Bronze, Brass
Relationships
Central Vermont Railway
Montpelier
Key Chain
Name/Title
Key Chain
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.13
Description
Gold-toned key chain with attached round medallion. The medallion has the molded incription "CN CV" in the center and "SECTEUR DE CHAMPLAIN AREA" around the edge.
Context
Given to employees of the Central Vermont Railway for earning a safety award, 1969
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1969
Lexicon
Chain, Key,Personal Carrying & Storage Gear,Personal Gear,Category 03: Personal Objects
Materials
Metal
Relationships
LeCompte, Conrad Armand (1907-2003), Central Vermont Railway, Canadian National Railway
Lantern
Name/Title
Lantern
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1410
Description
Metal lantern with molded tin back and two glass panels. The oil for the lantern sits in a low well, with a wick rising up into the main chamber. The back of the lantern is lined in tin that has been hammered in a circular design to reflect light. The front two panels are clear glass. The lantern has a short, metal chimney with a circular cap and upper handle.
Context
Owned by Deacon Asa Lord of Norwich, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Lexicon
Lantern,Lighting Devices,Lighting Equipment,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin, Glass
Relationships
Lord, Asa (1783-1861)
Norwich
Lapel Pin
Name/Title
Lapel Pin
Entry/Object ID
1998.32.3
Description
Round lapel pin with white enamel showing a large, Georgian building in the center with the inscription, "ROCKINGHAM - VERMONT / U.S.-VT. BICENTENNIAL" around the edge.
Context
Produced for the town of Rockingham, Vermont, to celebrate the US Bicentennial
Acquisition
Accession Number
1998.32
Source or Donor
Cleveland, Richard Lloyd (b. 1947)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1976
Lexicon
Pin, Lapel,Pin, Clothing,Clothing Accessories,Clothing,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Rockingham
US Bicentennial Celebration
License Plate
Name/Title
License Plate
Entry/Object ID
1966.10
Description
Vermont legislative license plate. The plate is enameled green with raised white lettering, "VT.GENERAL / H 1 / ASSEMBLY 65". There are four holes, two at the top and two at the bottom.
Context
Issued to Ulric Choiniere, representative to the Vermont General Assembly from Brownington, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1966.10
Source or Donor
Choiniere, Ulric E.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1965
Lexicon
Plate, License,Land Transportation Accessories,Land Transportation T&E,Category 07: Distribution & Transportation Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Choiniere, Ulric E.
Vermont State House, Brownington
Magnet
Name/Title
Magnet
Entry/Object ID
2000.55.5
Description
Round, white magnet showing a red school building and blue office building curving together so that the peaks of their roofs touch above the inscription, "Addison County School-to-Work 802-388-7951".
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.55
Source or Donor
Unknown
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Magnet,Instrument, Magnetic,Electrical & Magnetic Measurement Devices,Electrical & Magnetic T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Magnet, Metal
Relationships
Addison County
Marking Stamp
Name/Title
Marking Stamp
Entry/Object ID
1959.41
Description
Curved metal stamp. The stamp is engraved with an image of the State House, a large star, and the words, "VERMONT 1791 1991", in the center. The top border has the inscription, "150 YEARS OF STATEHOOD MONTPELIER VT". The lower border contains repeated stars.
Context
Made for the Vermont Sesquicentennial.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1959.41
Source or Donor
Unknown
Acquisition Method
Unknown
Made or Created
1991
Lexicon
Stamp, Marking,Writing Devices,Written Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Vermont State House
Vermont Sesquicentennial
Money Clip
Name/Title
Money Clip
Entry/Object ID
1998.32.2
Description
Gold-toned metal money clip with the logo for Vermont's celebration of the United States Bicentennial at the center. The logo consists of the letters VT in green and the number 2 in blue formed around the T.
Context
Used by Richard Lloyd Cleveland, manager of the Bicentennial Bandwagon, a recreational vehicle donated by the Ethan Allen Furniture Company to tour Vermont. The Bandwagon was driven all over the state to local celebrations, county fairs, and schools. It contained exhibits, print material, and portable office quarters.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1998.32
Source or Donor
Cleveland, Richard Lloyd (b. 1947)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1976
Lexicon
Clip, Money,Personal Carrying & Storage Gear,Personal Gear,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Cleveland, Richard Lloyd (b. 1947)
US Bicentennial Celebration
Napkin Ring
Name/Title
Napkin Ring
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.940
Description
Round, silver napkin ring. The edges are engraved with a repeating patter of interlocking rings. The center is engraved, "D. F. Rugg".
Context
Owned by David Fletcher Rugg in Harland, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
19th Century
Lexicon
Ring, Napkin,Food Service Accessories,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver
Relationships
Rugg, David Fletcher (1852-1900)
Hartland
Occupational Pin
Name/Title
Occupational Pin
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.12
Description
Rectangular black enameled pin with the inscription, "CV".
Context
Owned by Conrad LeCompte as an employee of the Central Vermont Railway.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Lexicon
Pin, Occupational,Pin, Insignia,Insignia,Status Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Metal
Relationships
LeCompte, Conrad Armand (1907-2003), Central Vermont Railway
Occupational Pin
Name/Title
Occupational Pin
Entry/Object ID
2013.29.2
Description
Triangular post-backed pin with the enameled initials "V.T.C." in gold on green ground. There is a stamp-molded gold braided border. There is a 1/2" threaded post on the back as well as the nut - the post gets placed in a small hole on the hat with the nut holding it on. There is a tiny (1/8") straight pin at the lower back edge that keeps it from spinning around.
Context
Uniform pin worn on the hats of Vermont Transit Company drivers.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.29
Source or Donor
Thompson, William P.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1960-1970
Lexicon
Pin, Occupational,Hatpin,Pin, Insignia,Pin, Clothing,Insignia,Clothing Accessories,Status Symbols,Clothing,Personal Symbols,Category 03: Personal Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Enamel, Metal
Relationships
Vermont Transit Lines
Burlington
Occupational Pin
Name/Title
Occupational Pin
Entry/Object ID
2013.29.6
Description
Triangular post-backed pin. The front is enameled with the initials, "B.R.T." on a green ground with a stamp-molded braided border. There is a 1/2" threaded post on the back as well as a screw-on back. There is a tiny (1/8") straight pin at the lower back edge that keeps it from spinning around.
Context
Uniform pin worn on the hats of Burlington Rapid Transit drivers.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.29
Source or Donor
Thompson, William P.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1960-1970
Lexicon
Pin, Occupational,Hatpin,Pin, Insignia,Pin, Clothing,Insignia,Clothing Accessories,Status Symbols,Clothing,Personal Symbols,Category 03: Personal Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Enamel, Metal
Relationships
Vermont Transit Lines, Burlington Rapid Transit
Burlington
Padlock
Name/Title
Padlock
Entry/Object ID
1924.6ab
Description
Padlock and key. The large lock consists of a U-shaped body and thick U-shaped hook that secures into the body with an internal mechanism. The front has a large keyhole with a post in the center. The key has an oval on one end, and a skeleton-style key head on the other. The bottom the key post is hollow.
Context
Used on the first Vermont State Prison, 1809
Acquisition
Accession Number
1924.6
Source or Donor
Unknown
Acquisition Method
Unknown
Made or Created
1809
Lexicon
Padlock,Key,Lock, Security,Device, Security,Protective Devices,Regulative & Protective T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall (lock)
Materials
Metal
Pin, Scatter
Name/Title
Pin, Scatter
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1567
Description
Round pin engraved with the monogram, "J.A.H." surrounded by a sprigged border. The pin is made from an 1854 seated Liberty quarter, visible on the back. The back has a hinged pin that is caught by a simple C-closure.
Context
Owned by Julia Augusta Hager Rugg in Cavendish, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
1854
Lexicon
Pin, Scatter,Pin, Clothing,Clothing Accessories,Clothing,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver
Relationships
Rugg, Julia Augusta Goddard Hager (1853-1923)
Proctorsville
Pitcher
Name/Title
Pitcher
Entry/Object ID
1949.18
Description
Large, ornate silver pitcher chased and engraved all over with oak leaves and acorns. The pouring spout is edged with a branch, and the high handle is in the shape of a vine-covered branch. The center front is engraved, "From the Ladies of Carlisle Pa. A Tribute of Gratitude to Brig Genl W.F. Smith for his noble defense of their homes on the night of the 1st of July, 1863."
Context
Presented to Brigadier General William Farrar Smith of Saint Albans, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1949.18
Source or Donor
Smith, Stuart Farrar
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
J. E. Caldwell & Co.
1863
Philadelphia
Lexicon
Pitcher,Vessel, Drink Serving,Serving Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver
Relationships
Smith, William Farrar (1824-1903)
Carlisle
Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War
Plate
Name/Title
Plate
Entry/Object ID
1907.2.1
Description
Large tin plate with a molded rim and a large hole near the edge, spanning the width of the rim. The hole appears to have been punched from the front to the back.
Context
This plate was in the haversack of Cpl. Joseph W. Hitchcock of Co. G., 13th Vermont Volunteers. On the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 3, 1863), he was shot in the leg through the plate. The bullet remained in his leg for nearly four years. When it finally came near the surface, he removed it himself with a jack-knife.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1907.2
Source or Donor
Dean, Mrs. A. E.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1860
Lexicon
Plate, Dinner,Plate, Food,Dish, Eating,Eating Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Relationships
Hitchcock, Joseph
Gettysburg
Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War
Plate
Name/Title
Plate
Entry/Object ID
1931.7.2
Description
Large pewter plate or platter. The rim is incised with a narrow line all the way around the edge.
Context
Used by Sally Bowles (1799-1886) of Marshfield, Vermont around 1825
Acquisition
Accession Number
1931.7
Source or Donor
Hobart, Lynn L.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1825
Lexicon
Plate, Dinner,Plate, Food,Dish, Eating,Eating Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Pewter
Relationships
Bowles, Sally (1799-1886)
Marshfield, Plainfield
Plate
Name/Title
Plate
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1472
Description
Pewter plate with the stamped label, "Richard.L", at the center back. The plate has deep well and a prominent rim.
Context
Made by Richard Lee in Springfield, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Artist
Lee, Richard (1747-1823)
1788-1820
Springfield
Lexicon
Charger,Platter,Dish, Serving,Serving Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Pewter
Plate
Name/Title
Plate
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1475
Description
Pewter plate with an illegible stamped label. The plate has an incised line around the center well, a wide cheek, and a wide rim. The bottom is scratched with the name, "Sally Rice".
Context
Owned by Sarah Sterling Rice in Reading, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Lexicon
Plate, Food,Dish, Eating,Eating Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Pewter
Relationships
Rice, Sarah Sterling (1766-1864)
Reading
Plate
Name/Title
Plate
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1482
Description
Large, round pewter plate. The bottom is stamped with an illegible maker's mark that includes a coat of arms. The back is scratched with the names "Harold G. Rugg" and "Sarah Rice Goddard".
Context
Owned by Sarah Rice Goddard in Reading, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
19th Century
Lexicon
Charger,Plate, Dinner,Platter,Plate, Food,Dish, Serving,Dish, Eating,Serving Vessels,Eating Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Pewter
Relationships
Goddard, Sarah Rice (1800-1875)
Reading
Pocket Watch
Name/Title
Pocket Watch
Entry/Object ID
1931.1.2
Description
Pocket watch with silver case and white face. The face has numbers written around the edge in black ink with minutes marked in small hashes. The watch has two hands, minute and hours, both currently pointing downward. The top of the watch has a tall post with a loop set into the top. The watch opens with small hinge at the proper right.
Context
Owned by Thomas Chittenden
Acquisition
Accession Number
1931.1
Source or Donor
Chittenden, Thomas G.
Acquisition Method
Loan
Made or Created
1790
Lexicon
Watch, Pocket,Watch,Timekeeping T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Chittenden, Thomas (1730-1797)
Burlington
Pocket Watch
Name/Title
Pocket Watch
Entry/Object ID
1931.9
Description
Gold pocket watch. The outside of the watch is engraved with a radial grid pattern with a shield in the center. The inside cover of the watch is engraved, "Presented to BRIG. GENERAL GEO. J. STANNARD by his Friend W.C.M. March 26th, 1864". The face has Roman numerals and an inset second counter over the 6. The interior back cover (over the works) is marked, "Vacheron & Contantin GENEVA Timekeeper".
Context
Owned by Brigadier General George J. Stannard during the last year of the Civil War
Acquisition
Accession Number
1931.9
Source or Donor
Unknown
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Vacheron & Constantin
1864
Geneva
Lexicon
Watch, Pocket,Watch,Timekeeping T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Gold
Relationships
Stannard, George Jerrison (1820-1886)
Civil War
Pocket Watch
Name/Title
Pocket Watch
Entry/Object ID
1996.49.20
Description
Pocket watch with a gold case. The watch face has Arabic numerals with a small, inset second counter at the center bottom. The case is engraved, "C. C. Fuller 96 1/2 Rutland Vt. Jan. 6, 1903, Aldernay Butter Color".
Context
Awarded to Clayton C. Fuller of Rutland, Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1996.49
Source or Donor
Heatherington, Avis Brown
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1903
Lexicon
Watch, Pocket,Watch,Timekeeping T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Gold, Glass, Metal
Relationships
Fuller, Clayton Charles (1891-1925)
Rutland
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2003.15.11
Description
White, round metal button with an image of a tub or bucket in the center with the blue inscription, "GENUINE ELGIN TUBS ELGIN BUTTER TUB CO., ELGIN, ILL."
Acquisition
Accession Number
2003.15
Source or Donor
Anderson, W. Thomas
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Parker Perry
Made or Created
1900
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2008.56.18
Description
Round white button with an image of a jumping trout in the center. The words, "GUNNER BROOK FISHING DERBY 75TH ANNIVERSARY" are printed around the edge and the dates "1928-2003" are printed beneath the fish. The back of the button is signed, "Best Wishes! Susan Winter" in sharpie. There is a hinged pin on the back.
Context
The Gunner Brook Fishing Derby for children is sponsored by the Barre Fish and Game Club. The club was founded in 1919.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2008.56
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Collected by Staff
Made or Created
Winter, Susan
2003
Colchester
Lexicon
Button,Fastener, Textile,Notion,Needleworking Equipment,Textileworking T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Barre City
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.58.2
Description
Round yellow button with red hand-drawn illustration of a hand holding several small flags, including a United States, Canadian, and Japanese flag. The handwritten inscription "JULY 1980 BARRE, VT. ETHNIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL" rings the edge. The back is stamped with the inscription, "Badge-a-Minit" Lasalle. Ill. 61301".
Context
Made for the Barre Heritage Festival in 1980
Made or Created
Badge-a-Minit
1980
LaSalle
Lexicon
Banner, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Barre City
Barre Heritage Festival
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.58.3
Description
Round red pin with an illustration of two fiddlers with bears and large hats and a larger fiddle above. The three are connected by a swirling musical staff. The white inscription, "HARDWICK, VT. FIDDLERS CONTEST/ALWAYS LAST SATURDAY OF JULY11987 6TH Annual" ring the edge.

Red pin with white lettering and logo advertising the 1987 6th annual Hardwick, Vt. Fiddlers Contest ("Always the last Saturday of July").
Made or Created
1987
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Metal, Paper, Plastic
Relationships
Hardwick
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2020.8.6
Description
White, round metal pine with the red inscription "DO THE/SUGARBOOGIE/SUGARBUSH/VALLEY/WARREN,VT."
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.8
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Warren
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.58.19a-b
Description
Round black button with the inscription, "FIRST NIGHT 2012 MONTPELIER" over an illustration of a firework. It is accompanied by a rectangular piece of cardstock with an image of the button and spaces to fill out contact information for a raffle.
Context
The pin was used to prove admission to First Night Montpelier, 2012.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.58
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
2012
Montpelier
Lexicon
Banner, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Materials
Metal, Paper
Relationships
East Montpelier
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.58.20
Description
Round purple button with a multicolored illustration of a crescent moon, confetti, three stars, and the inscription, "FIRST NIGHT Montpelier 2007".
Context
Used as proof of admission for First Night in Montpelier, 2007.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.58
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
2007
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Montpelier
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2012.58.23
Description
Round white button with a purple illustration of a curving branch with a folk-art style bird on the end and the inscription, "Treasure Vermont". There is a cream colored ribbon folded and pinned to the pin.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.58
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Ribbon
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2013.9.23
Description
White button with a red heart in center and the black inscription, "HUGS FROM/ BOLTON VALLEY". There is a stationery pin on back.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2013.9
Source or Donor
Donovan, Paul J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Valerie Ball, friend, activist, walker
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Bolton
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
1999.50.69a-c
Description
Round white button printed in blue with an image of a man standing in a boat with three seated figures, two dressed as Indigenous Americans and one in European clothing. The inscription, "1609 350th CHAMPLAIN 1959 ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL" rings the edge. The button is accompanied by two paper "ribbons". One is yellow and reads, "Fall Foliage Festival Danville Peacham Barnet Passumpsic Groton Ryegate". The other is orange and reads, ""Holiday in the Hills" Granby and Victory".
Context
From events organized by Flora Coutts during the 1950s in Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1999.50
Source or Donor
Nelson, Beatrice Aldrich
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Empress Specialty Company
1959
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Paper, Metal
Relationships
Coutts, Flora (1897-1983)
Lake Champlain, Danville, Peacham, Barnet Center, Passumpsic, Groton, Ryegate, Granby, Victory
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2017.25.4
Description
White circular button with a red printed image of a silhouette of a horse and rider encircled by the inscription, "VERMONT BICENTENNIAL HERITAGE JOURNEY". The dates 1791 and 1991 are on a banner stretching across the bottom portion of the image and are separated by an outline of the state of Vermont.
Context
The Vermont Bicentennial Heritage Journey was a non-profit, state sanction event during the Vermont Bicentennial celebrations in which teams of horses and wagons traveled from Pownal, Vermont, to Newport, Vermont, over the course of three weeks.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2017.25
Source or Donor
Kosmider, Bethany
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1991
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Pownal, Newport
Vermont Bicentennial
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2011.70.2
Description
Round button with multicolored fractal background and a black-and-white photograph of a man wearing glasses and a brimmed cap with the word "FRED" across the crown. The small white inscription, "SEE THE FILM MAN WITH A PLAN (802) 889-3474 - www.spreadfred.com", rings the bottom edge of the button.
Context
Made to advertise the film, "Man with a Plan," starring Fred Tuttle as a farmer whose retirement plan is to run for the US House of Representatives.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.70
Source or Donor
Milne, James F. (b. 1950)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1996
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Tuttle, Frederick Herman (1919-2003)
Vermont
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
1977.22
Description
Round white button with the blue inscription, "HARTLAND 76-77 VERMONT 1776 1976" around the edge, and a red line drawing of a building with the label "DAMON HALL". The Vermont Bicentennial logo is drawn at the bottom.
Context
Made for the American Bicentennial Celebration
Acquisition
Accession Number
1977.22
Source or Donor
Hartland Bicentennial Commission
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1976-1977
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Hartland
US Bicentennial Celebration
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
1981.24
Description
Round white button with green-printed image of a large evergreen tree within a mountain scene in the center. The inscription "CALAIS VERMONT 1781 AUGUST 15 1981" runs around the edge, and the inscription "KENTS CORNER . GOSPEL HOLLOW . NORTH CALAIS . EAST CALAIS . PEKIN . ADAMANT . MAPLE CORNER . KENTS CORNER" runs just inside the outer inscription.
Context
Produced for the 200th anniversary of the founding of Calais. The town celebrated with varied festivities such as a parade, village picnic, road race, costume ball and hootenannies during the summer of 1981, but concentrated the happenings during the weekend of Aug 14-17, 1981.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1981.24
Source or Donor
Calais Vermont Bicentennial Committee
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1981
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Plastic
Relationships
Calais
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
1979.9.2
Description
Round blue button with black printed design of traditional European headwear with the inscription, "BARRE ETHNIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL JULY 1979".
Context
Produced by the second Barre Ethnic Heritage Festival, Barre, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1979.9
Source or Donor
Barre Ethnic Heritage Association, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1979
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Barre City
Barre Heritage Festival
Promotional Button
Name/Title
Promotional Button
Entry/Object ID
2000.51.1-2
Description
Round, green button with the orange inscription, "Vermont History Day" at the top, an image of a leaping catamount in the center, and the date "2000" at the bottom.
Context
Used by students for pin trading with other students at the national History Day contest in June, 2000, held at the University Of Maryland, College Park.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.51
Source or Donor
Staff
Acquisition Method
Collected by Staff
Made or Created
2000
Lexicon
Button, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Aluminum, Plastic
Relationships
Vermont History Day
Serving Tray
Name/Title
Serving Tray
Entry/Object ID
1999.13
Description
An oval serving tray with applied copper wire handles. There is a small scalloped lip on the tray and throughout is a hammered design. On the bottom is a mark: "CC" with a "V" slightly below and superimposed to the CC. Below the CVC it reads: "Vermont/Hand Hammered/Copper/607" The piece has been lacquered and has a pretty high gloss.
copper
Context
Made by Vermont Copper Crafters in Townshend, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1999.13
Source or Donor
Somaini, Robert R.
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
Vermont Copper Crafters
1948-1951
Townshend
Lexicon
Tray, Serving,Serving Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Materials
Copper, Paper
Relationships
Favreau, Marjorie (1894-1969)
Shoe Buckles
Name/Title
Shoe Buckles
Entry/Object ID
1923.8.1a-c
Description
Two metal and glass shoe buckles with cardboard and leather case. The buckles are rimmed with glass jewels that are larger in the center and shorter around the corners and sides, creating an oval shape. The functional portion of the buckles have two fixed prongs, and a latch with two prongs. The oval box is rounded on one side to shape to the buckles, and the interior is lined with blue satin. The outside is lined with leather.
Context
Worn by Col. Ethan Allen
Acquisition
Accession Number
1923.8
Source or Donor
Hooper, Ada Penniman Howe
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
18th Century
Lexicon
Buckle, Shoe,Buckle, Clothing,Clothing Accessories,Clothing,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Materials
Metal, Glass, Leather, Cardboard, Silk
Relationships
Allen, Ethan (1738-1789)
American Revolutionary War
Sign
Interpretative Labels
Sign, 19th century St. Johnsbury, VT Tin, paint The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans who served in Union forces during the American Civil War. This sign came with collections from the George Chamberlain Post No. 1 of St. Johnsbury, VT; founded in 1868 and named for Lieut. Col. George Chamberlain of the 11th Vermont Regiment who died of wounds he received in battle at Charlestown, Virginia, on August 21, 1864. The last recorded meeting of the Chamberlain Post was on June 8, 1940. The Assistant Adjutant General position was a departmental officer who held administrative duties for the post.
Name/Title
Sign
Entry/Object ID
1997.40.1
Description
Tin sign with gold painted inscription, "OFFICE ASS'T ADJ'T GEN'L, G.A.R." The three central words are bordered by flourishes. There are scribe marks visible around the last line of text.
Context
Used at the George Chamberlain Post No. 1 of the Grand Army of the Republic in St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1997.40
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Lexicon
Sign,Visual Communication Devices,Visual Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Relationships
Grand Army of the Republic
St. Johnsbury
Civil War
Slag
Name/Title
Slag
Entry/Object ID
1955.4a-c
Description
Three uneven chunks of rock. Each rock has both smooth, shiny sides, and rough, matte sides.
Use
Slag is the stony waste matter that is separated from metals during the smelting or refining process.
Context
Said to be from Ethan Allen's blast furnace
Acquisition
Accession Number
1955.4
Source or Donor
Robbins, Roland W.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Fragment,Category 10: Unclassifiable Objects
Materials
Slag
Relationships
Allen, Ethan (1738-1789)
Slide Whistle
Interpretative Labels
Slide Whistle, 1916-1922 Ludwig & Ludwig (1909-1929) Chicago, Illinois Metal Given in memory of Rinaldo Calcagni, #2010.27 Barre granite workers held strikes in 1915, 1922, 1933, and 1938. Rinaldo Calcagni (1872-1947), a granite cutter originally from Lombardi, Italy, blew this whistle at French-Canadian strike breakers during the 1922 Barre Granite strike. As in prior and later strikes, state authorities were called in to forcibly end the labor action. Like many of his coworkers, Rinaldo Calcagni died of silicosis, a disease of the lungs caused by the inhalation of granite dust.
Name/Title
Slide Whistle
Entry/Object ID
2010.27
Description
Chrome plated brass slide whistle. A wire is inserted into the whistle and attached on the inside to a cork. The outer end of the wire is bent back on itself then turned up into a circle.
Context
"Bozo" slide whistle used by Rinaldo Calcagni during the 1922 granite strike. He blew it at strike breakers when they broke the line.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2010.27
Source or Donor
Calcagni, Elizabeth G.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Rinaldo Calcagni
Made or Created
Ludwig & Ludwig (1909-1929)
1916-1922
Chicago
Lexicon
Whistle,Device, Sound Signaling,Sound Communication Devices,Sound Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Calcagni, Rinaldo (1872-1947)
Barre City
Snuffbox
Name/Title
Snuffbox
Entry/Object ID
1904.3a-b
Description
Small oval snuff box engraved with the inscription, "Ethan Allen", in script. The box is made tin is greyed with age. The lid fits over the base and completely removes when opened.
Context
Used by Col. Ethan Allen while a prisoner in England
Acquisition
Accession Number
1904.3
Source or Donor
Buchanan, Franklin A.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Snuffbox,Container, Snuff,Smoking & Recreational Drug Equipment,Personal Gear,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Relationships
Allen, Ethan (1738-1789)
American Revolutionary War
Soup Spoon
Name/Title
Soup Spoon
Entry/Object ID
1999.16.58
Description
Coin silver soup spoon. The spoon has a coffin handle and small shoulders. The end of the handle is engraved with the initials AB. The back of the handle is stamped with the mark, "J. CORBETT".
Context
Attributed to Whitingham, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1999.16
Source or Donor
Harding, Jack
Harding, Marie
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Made or Created
Artist
Corbett, John ( - 1848)
Attribution
Attributed to
1800
Whitingham
Lexicon
Spoon, Soup,Spoon, Eating,Eating & Drinking Utensils,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver
Souvenir Spoon
Name/Title
Souvenir Spoon
Entry/Object ID
2000.3.8
Description
Small decorative spoon. The bowl is engraved with the image of a neoclassical building with a domed cupola and a six-columned portico. The image is labeled, "STATE HOUSE MONTPELIER". The handle is ornately molded, and the end is enameled with the painted image of a clover flower and leaves.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2000.3
Source or Donor
Carnahan, John H.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Spoon, Souvenir,Souvenir,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver, Enamel
Relationships
Vermont State House
Souvenir Spoon
Name/Title
Souvenir Spoon
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.35
Description
Souvenir spoon with the words, "Windsor VT" engraved within the bowl. The rim of the bowl is engraved with a curvy line.
Context
Souvenir of Windsor, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Lexicon
Spoon, Souvenir,Souvenir,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver
Relationships
Windsor
Spittoon
Name/Title
Spittoon
Entry/Object ID
2005.2.2
Description
Silver-plated spittoon. The spittoon has a round body and wide, flaring rim. The body is fluted and consists of two bowl shaped pieces connected around the center. There is a large dent in one side.
Use
Used as a receptacle to spit into.
Context
Used in the Washington County Courthouse in Montpelier, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
2005.2
Source or Donor
Bloom, Karl Barney
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1930
Lexicon
Spittoon,Container, Spit,Containers for Smoking & Tobacco,Household Accessories,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Montpelier
Spittoon
Name/Title
Spittoon
Entry/Object ID
1960.59.1b
Description
Small metal spittoon with wide, flared rim. The circular body of the spittoon is short. The body and the rim attach in a narrow circle.
Context
Used in the Vermont State House
Acquisition
Accession Number
1960.59
Source or Donor
Vermont State House
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Farberware
Brooklyn
Lexicon
Spittoon,Container, Spit,Containers for Smoking & Tobacco,Household Accessories,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Vermont State House
Spoon
Name/Title
Spoon
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1456
Description
Small pewter spoon. The handle is scratched with the inscription, "S. A. Goddard". The tip of the handle is clipped off.
Context
Owned by Sara Rice Goddard in Reading, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Lexicon
Spoon, Soup,Spoon, Eating,Eating & Drinking Utensils,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Pewter
Relationships
Goddard, Sarah Rice (1800-1875)
Reading
Spoon
Name/Title
Spoon
Entry/Object ID
1961.23
Description
Silver spoon with wide fiddleback handle. The handle is engraved, "AFC" on the front, and stamped with "Eaton" on the reverse.
Context
Reportedly made by Zackeus Cole (1791-1882), of Eaton & Cole, from silver that was reportedly from a pair of shoe buckles given to Rhoda Alexander Harlow (1747-1816) by a British soldier she nursed in secret during the Revolutionary War.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1961.23
Source or Donor
Richmond, Perley Farnum
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Eaton, Isaiah (1757-1847)
1810-1820
Lexicon
Spoon, Eating,Eating & Drinking Utensils,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver
Relationships
Eaton, Isaiah (1757-1847)
Westminster
Battle of Bennington, American Revolutionary War
Steam Engine
Interpretative Labels
Steam Engine, ca. 1793 Samuel Morey Fairlee, Vermont Tin, brass Gift of Amelia S. Morey Kibbey, 1900.2 Samuel Morey was an inventor from Fairlee, Vermont and Orford, New Hampshire. He first began experimenting with steam power in the 1780s, and his first patent, in 1793, was for a steam-powered spit (for cooking food). In the early 1790s, he began to develop a steam engine that he ultimately used to power a small boat that he drove up and down the Connecticut River. Legend has it that he snuck out to test his craft early on a Sunday morning, while the rest of the town was at church, so that he would be spared embarrassment in case of failure. Morey continued to develop his ideas for steam-powered boats, but he was slow to patent them, and in the early 19th century Robert Fulton and Robert Livingston joined together to create the first steamship line in America. They have typically received credit for creating workable steam engines, though Morey disputed their claims and argued that they stole his ideas. Morey continued to invent throughout his life, and in the 1820s he invented and attempted to sell an early internal combustion engine. He failed to attract buyers, but beginning in the 1890s, many automobile inventors credited his work as an inspiration. This model of Morey’s original steam engine comes from the Morey family, and is one of the longest-tenured objects in our collections.
Name/Title
Steam Engine
Entry/Object ID
1900.2
Description
Metal enclosed cylinder with two handles opposite each other, near top edge. Rotating piston is mounted to the top. See worksheet file for additional information.
Context
Invented by Samuel Morey of Fairlee, who used it to power a small boat, this was one of the earliest working piston steam engines in America.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1900.2
Source or Donor
Kibbey, Amelia S. Morey
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Morey, Samuel (1762-1843)
1793
Lexicon
Engine, Steam,Engine,Power Producing Equipment,Energy Production T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin, Brass
Relationships
Morey, Samuel (1762-1843)
Bradford
Still Bank
Interpretative Labels
Still Bank, 1975-1985 Vermont Castings (1975-present) Randolph, Vermont Cast iron In memory of Joseph & Laura Algar and Raymond H. Adams, 2008.38.6 Duncan Syme was one of many innovators and tinkerers drawn to Vermont during the 1970s. A Yale-trained architect, he worked out of his wood shop in Warren, VT with the goal of building a better wood-burning stove. His quest fused back-to-the-land values of self-reliance with a new awareness of renewable and more efficient sources of energy. Heating with wood was a new concept to many who came to Vermont from more temperate climates, and the learning curve was steep. Syme began production on his prototype and called it the “Defiant.” The company that grew around that original model was named Vermont Castings, headquartered in Randolph. Its growth was extraordinary – in five years, it was listed as the fastest growing stove company in America by Inc. The Defiant wasn’t just more efficient and better-constructed: it was elegant, combining art and practicality in a way that typified the spirit of invention at communes across Vermont.
Name/Title
Still Bank
Entry/Object ID
2008.38.6
Description
Still bank in the form of a Vermont Castings, Inc., Defiant wood stove. Has four legs and has the outline of doors on the front and on the side panels. Imprinted at the top on each side panel: "DEFIANT" and on the back along the bottom: "VERMONT CASTINGS INC". All sides, the top, and the bottom are cast separately and are puzzled together and held in place by a long bolt inserted into the bottom and threaded into the top interior. The coin slit is inside the short chimney.
Context
Produced by Vermont Castings, Inc. in Randolph, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2008.38
Source or Donor
Adams, Alice Elizabeth Alger (1921-2007)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Joseph and Laura Algar and Raymond H. Adams
Made or Created
Vermont Castings, Inc.
1975-1985
Randolph
Lexicon
Bank, Still,Bank, Toy,Toys,Category 09: Recreational Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Iron
Relationships
Adams, Alice Elizabeth Alger (1921-2007)
Sword
Name/Title
Sword
Entry/Object ID
1949.5.2a-b
Description
Sword with straight blade and leather scabbard. The handles is wrapped in gold-toned wire, and the guard and pommel are unengraved. The scabbard has one stationary hook near the locket. The blade is stamped "US GWC 1864" and "Ames Co. Chicopee Mass."
Context
Owned by Maurice William Dewey of Montpelier, Vermont. Likely used by a family member during the Civil War.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1949.5
Source or Donor
Dewey, Breta Bringham
Acquisition Method
Loan
Made or Created
Ames Manufacturing Company
1864
Chicopee
Lexicon
Sword,Edged Weapons,Armaments,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Dewey, Maurice William (1889-1944)
Montpelier
Civil War
Tea Service
Name/Title
Tea Service
Entry/Object ID
1972.58a-g
Description
Six piece tea service consisting three pitchers or teapots, sugar bow, waste bowl or spooner, cream pitcher, and tray. All the pieces are highly ornamented with floral designs, filigree, and the initials, "JW".
Context
Given as a retirement gift to Jonas Wilder, who invented the first refrigerated railroad car for transporting butter from Vermont to Boston.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1972.58
Source or Donor
White, Mrs. Joseph
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Rogers & Bro.
1858
Germany
Lexicon
Service, Tea,Food Service Sets,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver, Silverplate
Relationships
Wilder, Jonas (1812-1906)
Teapot
Name/Title
Teapot
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1363ab
Description
Silver teapot with wooden handle. The pot is chased with flutes spanning from the base to the center, and the lid has similar flutes stemming from the central handle.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Lexicon
Teapot,Vessel, Drink Serving,Serving Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Teapot
Name/Title
Teapot
Entry/Object ID
1959.37.44
Description
Pewter teapot. The pot has a circular foot and narrow neck. The body has a compressed lower bulge, incurved neck, and flared collar. The dome lid has a central finial handle. The handle is ebony. The bottom of the pot is marked "Smith & Co. / 11".
Context
Owned by Rachel Dodge Rugg in Londonderry, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1959.37
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Made or Created
Smith & Co.
Connecticut
Lexicon
Teapot,Vessel, Drink Serving,Serving Vessels,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Pewter
Relationships
Rugg, Rachel Dodge (1814-1871)
Londonderry
Theodolite
Name/Title
Theodolite
Entry/Object ID
1890.1a-b
Description
Brass theodolite with oval wooden box. The theodolite consists of a brass circle whose cut-out center is separated into four quadrants by straight lines. The whole is engraved with measuring lines and label numbers. The center bars are engraved with "Eldad Lewi" and "Doolitle Lunr 46".
Context
Said to have been used by Judge Nathaniel Chipman (1752-1843) to survey Tinmouth, VT in 1762.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1890.1
Source or Donor
Murray, George T.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Doolittle, Isaac, Jr. (1759 - 1821)
1780-1810
New Haven
Lexicon
Theodolite,Surveying Equipment,Surveying & Navigational T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall (box)
Materials
Wood, Brass
Relationships
Chipman, Nathaniel (1752-1843)
Tinmouth
Trade Sign
Interpretative Labels
Trade Sign, 1948 Bagley Metal, paint Harry R. Everett and Nelson C. Bowles founded Everett & Bowles Coal in 1927. Early on they made coal deliveries with a horse-drawn wagon. In 1930 they added ice deliveries in order to keep the business going over the summer months. Nelson's son Dick ran the company until he sold it in 1962.
Name/Title
Trade Sign
Entry/Object ID
1991.13.1
Description
Black metal sign with the white inscription, "EVERETT AND BOWLES. COAL TEL.135-2 BRADFORD, VT." The names and town are outlined in red, and the other words are outlined in green. There is a small maker's mark at the bottom that reads, "BAGLEY".
Context
Made for Everett and Bowles of Bradford, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1991.13
Source or Donor
Eaton Auction Service
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
1948
Lexicon
Sign, Trade,Sign,Sign, Advertising,Visual Communication Devices,Visual Communication T&E,Advertising Media,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Everett & Bowles Coal Company
Bradford
Trade Sign
Name/Title
Trade Sign
Entry/Object ID
2020.7.1
Description
White metal sign with the inscription "HOSIERY/&/CORSETS/J.H./McLOUD/CO./HARDWICK." In the center of the sign is an illustration of late-19-century-style corset and a woman's leg wearing a high-heeled pump, stocking, and ruffled bloomer. The sign is riddled with bullet holes.
Context
Used in Hardwick, VT to advertise the store of J. H. McLoud, Co.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.7
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
1890
Lexicon
Sign, Trade,Sign, Advertising,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin, Paint
Relationships
J. H. McLoud Co., McLoud, James Henry (1841-1918)
Hardwick
Tray
Name/Title
Tray
Entry/Object ID
2005.34
Description
Stamped metal tray painted gold and decorated with a raised image of a large building. The building has two side wings, two towers, and a central entrance art. There is a monument of a man on the left and a train car on the right. The image is labeled, "SPAULDING HIGH SCHOOL, BARRE, VT." The border is molded with irises. The back of the tray is stamped, "MADE IN JAPAN".
Acquisition
Accession Number
2005.34
Source or Donor
King, Jane E.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Japan
Lexicon
Tray, Desk,Tray, Writing Equipment,Container, Writing Equipment,Writing Accessories,Written Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Spaulding High School
Barre City
Tray
Name/Title
Tray
Entry/Object ID
1957.1.34
Description
Black toleware tray with a hand-painted design of red flowers and berries and green leaves around the border of the center. The edges of the tray flare upward. Overall the tray is rectangular, but the corners are cut off, giving it eight sides. The bottom is scratched with the inscription, "Sarah Rice's" in two places.
Context
Made by Sarah Rice in Reading, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1957.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Artist
Rice, Sarah Sterling (1766-1864)
19th Century
Reading
Lexicon
Tray,Containers,Category 07: Distribution & Transportation Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal, Paint
Tray
Name/Title
Tray
Entry/Object ID
1957.1.35
Description
Black toleware tray with detailed painting of a peach, grapes, and leaves in the center. The rim of the tray flares upward and forms eight straight sides. The back is scratched with the inscription, "Irene Rice Woodstock / Oct. 10, 1819 / May the love of God be with you, through this World and the next" in cursive.
Context
Made by Irene Rice in Woodstock, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1957.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Rice, Irene (1793-1842)
1819
19th Century
Woodstock
Lexicon
Tray,Containers,Category 07: Distribution & Transportation Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Tin
Trophy
Name/Title
Trophy
Entry/Object ID
1994.54.27
Description
Trophy in the shape of a two-handled cup (loving cup) with a long stem and flaring base. The bowl of the cup is engraved with the inscription, "BGC / LOWEST GROSS SCORE IN / WEEKLY TOURNAMENT / 1914 - GEORGE FRASER". The bottom of the base is labeled, "Made & Guarenteed by / WILCOX SILVER PLATE CO" and "474".
Context
Awarded to George Fraser by Brandon Golf Club in Brandon, Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1994.54
Source or Donor
Dietz, Stephen
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Wilcox Silverplate Co.
1914
Meriden
Lexicon
Trophy,Prize,Achievement Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silverplate
Relationships
Brandon Golf Club
Brandon
Trophy
Name/Title
Trophy
Entry/Object ID
2001.11.2
Description
Plastic and metal trophy showing a man in a tuxedo with dancing with both arms upward and one leg held high. He is on a round base with a brass plaque that reads, "72nd Kake Walk 1969 University of Vermont Kake Walker" with the Greek letters phi, gamma, and delta.
Context
Awarded at the last Kake Walk held at the University of Vermont. The trophy was awarded to the fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2001.11
Source or Donor
Nicholson, Roy
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1969
Lexicon
Trophy,Prize,Achievement Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plastic, Metal
Relationships
University of Vermont
Burlington
Kake Walk
Trophy
Name/Title
Trophy
Entry/Object ID
1998.39.15a-c
Description
Trophy consisting of a gold-toned metal cup on a wooden base. The cup is two-handled and stamped with the inscription, "Chicago Ill. CENTRAL CLASSICS, INC." The base has four tiers and a sticker that reads, "SYCAMORE TROPHY CO., INC, LACONIA, N.H. 03246 TEL. 503-524-2215". The plaque on the base reads, "9th ANNUAL OLD-TIME FIDDLERS CONTEST CRAFTSBURY COMMON VT. OLDEST FIDDLER JULY 24, 1971".
Context
Awarded to Forrest "Strad" Gray of East Calais, VT, for being the older competitor in the Old-Time Fiddler Contest in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, 1971.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1998.39
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Forrest "Strad" Gray Collection
Made or Created
1971
Laconia
Lexicon
Trophy,Prize,Achievement Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood, Metal
Relationships
Gray, Forrest (1884-1987)
East Calais, Craftsbury
Trophy
Name/Title
Trophy
Entry/Object ID
1964.42.2
Description
Silver-plated, double-handled trophy cup on a round, black wooden base. The cup is engraved with the inscription, "Carswell Cup Winners of Annual Ball Game Spanish-American War Veterans."
Context
Awarded to the winning team during the annual baseball game between teams consisting solely of Spanish-American War veterans.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1964.42
Source or Donor
Boyce, Floy E.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1898
Lexicon
Trophy, Game,Trophy,Prize,Achievement Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver, Wood
Relationships
Barre City
Spanish-American War
Typewriter
Interpretative Labels
Permutation Typograph, ca. 1857 Benjamin Livermore Harland, VT Brass, steel Transfer from Hartland Historical Society, 1982.6.1 Benjamin Livermore’s “Permutation Typograph” is a kind of early typewriter. He was far from the first to develop a machine for writing; many others had been experimenting with and tweaking mechanical devices for typing for decades before him. Livermore, who lived in Hartland, patented his device and advertised it via pamphlets and public demonstrations. It’s not clear how widely it was produced. His innovation was in slimming down the device into something he could – and did – operate out of his own pocket. The six keys on the device could be used singly or in combination to select a letter or symbol, and could then type out notes in a kind of shorthand. The case held both type keys and a scroll of paper. A family member recalled that he used the device personally: “He would print with it in the dark. He usually carried it in his pocket and could print it there, placing his hand in such a position that his fingers rested on the keys. After taking down the conversation of those he met, he placed it under his pillow at night to catch any stray thoughts, as he termed it.” Livermore’s device, while not necessarily crucial in the larger story of printing, is a fascinating and highly personal story within that history. Livermore was a prolific inventor who also patented a machine for forming cement pipes and a boot crimper.
Name/Title
Typewriter
Entry/Object ID
1982.6.1
Description
Early typograph, or typewriter. Small rectangular metal box with six convex keys at one end in two rows, three to a row. The other end of the box is curved. The lid of the box opens to reveal an internal printing mechanism, with a roller for paper, printing keys, and levers. The device is broken and many of the internal components are loose; it’s not clear precisely how they would have fit together.
Context
Made and used by Benjamin Livermore of Hartland, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1982.6
Source or Donor
Hartland Historical Society
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Livermore, Benjamin
1857
Hartland
Lexicon
Printer,Device, Output,Peripherals,Data Processing T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Brass, Steel
Wine Coaster
Name/Title
Wine Coaster
Entry/Object ID
1966.15.24
Description
Silver wine bottle coast with a design of red and pink carnations in the center. The outer edge has a short border of pierced silver.
Context
Used in Northfield, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1966.15
Source or Donor
Loomis, Henry
Loomis, Gladys
Acquisition Method
Lexicon
Coaster, Wine,Coaster,Food Service Accessories,Food Service T&E,Category 04: Tools & Equipment for Materials
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Silver, Glass
Relationships
Northfield

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