- an 1850s or so Reward of Merit
- a brass(?) buckle which is the perfect size and scale for a civil war belt. In fact, it's likely a nineteenth-century buckle.
- a collar
- a pinking chisel. It doesn't look like much, but this was a major find. Nineteenth-century women did not have pinking shears and used chisels to scallop and pink the trim on their dresses, bonnets, parasols, etc. Most antique dealers don't recognize them for what they are and they tend to be found in the tool section.
- Not pictured--a watch fob with quartz beads ending in a little quartz cask (present for LB)
- 5 huck towels (a gift to me)
I seemed to have magic eyes this weekend. Every time I looked through a pile of modern stuff, I was able to spot the one nineteenth-century item, whether it was the only two documented prints buried in a stack of remnants at a quilt shop, the coin silver on a pair of eyeglasses, the late-war CDV in a stack of postcards, whatever. It was a cool feeling.
A quick glance through six tables of used books turned up the only two 1850s and 60s volumes. I know because I took several much, much longer looks subsequently. I ceded those books to another, but I wanted to show off the best, an 1860s holiday annual. Holiday annuals were gift books put out by various publishing companies around the holidays. They often contained short stories, poems, and engravings of pretty women.
Although I did sustain one knitting injury, a needle into the palm of my hand, it was a great trip.
*I'm not trying to denigrate oral history, but in this case, something definitely got lost in translation. I think I can discern the ur-theory in there--that Native American women tended to pick a certain type of print because it reflected some of their spiritual beliefs. That doesn't mean, however, that every print in that design is a documented print, nor that prints in other designs are not documented to the period