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Name Nineteenth Century

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Image of 1928.001.003 - Bayonet, Socket

1928.001.003 - Bayonet, Socket

Civil War era socket bayonet designed for the Model 1853-59 .577 caliber English Enfield rifle-musket that was used by both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War. The bayonet has a 17 1/4" long triangular blade and 13/16" diameter socket for attaching it to a rifle. The top edge of the blade is stamped with "I.W. / 1 / H.R."

Image of 1928.038.001 a - Fork

1928.038.001 a - Fork

Hand-carved fork made entirely from whalebone with three tines and an elaborately carved square handle that has different designs on each of the four surfaces. Two of these surfaces are carved with long grooves, one is carved with a cross-hatched design, and one has a grooved border inside which are inset two 3/4" long diamond-shaped inlays of green abalone (one is missing). There is a graduated stepped design carved into the handle end below the fork. The opposite end is broken but has a remaining brass pin that may once have secured something there. This end is square and has three hand-carved ridges.

Image of 1928.048 - Portrait

1928.048 - Portrait

Portrait of Quaker abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor, Thomas Garrett (1798-1871) of Wilmington. The half-length, three-quarters view portrait depicts an older man with short blond hair and blue eyes. The subject faces right and wears a black coat, grey vest, and white shirt and holds a piece of paper in his right hand. He is portrayed against a dark empty background.

Image of 1930.001 - Cane

1930.001 - Cane

Light-colored bamboo walking stick divided into four sections and topped with a deer antler cap that is set at a 45 degree angle and topped with a silver disc. The small section beneath the cap has a hole drilled through it for a tassel or other ornament. The metal sleeve tip at the base of the cane is missing.

Image of 1930.023.002 - Sword, Presentation

1930.023.002 - Sword, Presentation

Presentation sword and scabbard presented to Captain Benjamin Nields (1831-1917) of the First Delaware Battery. The steel blade is engraved on one side with and eagle and shield motif and "E Pluribus Unum." "U.S." is engraved on the reverse. One side of the blade is stamped with "C.R. Kirschbaum / Solingen." The sword has a carved ivory grip with a cannon and oak and acorn wreath motif. The guard is gold plated and has cast oak leaf and acorn motifs and martial images. The tip of the pommel has a flower design with an amethyst stone center. The silver-plated scabbard has elaborate gilded fittings and is engraved: "Presented to / Capt. Ben J. Nields / by the members of the First Delaware

Image of 1930.027 - Portrait

1930.027 - Portrait

Portrait of John Adam Grohe (1806-1847), a music teacher in Wilmington during the 1840s: Half-length portrait of a young man with slicked down blond hair who is seated in a Bergere chair with red upholstery. The subject is dressed in a black suit and stock and white shirt and waistcoat. He holds a sheet of rolled up music in his right hand. The background contains a harp, a Classical statue playing a wind instrument, and a vague, fanciful landscape scene. An old label on the back reads: "John Adam Grohe / Professor of Music / 1840-1847."

Image of 1931.023 - Sword

1931.023 - Sword

Model 1852 Revenue Cutter Service (Coast Guard) sword with a steel blade, the upper 15 1/2" of which are engraved with various martial designs. On one side is a central oval of thirty stars flanked by an anchor and shield motif and a cluster of crossed weapons with a flag. This side is also engraved with "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass." On the reverse is a central banner motif with "USRM" flanked by images of an anchor, eagle perched on a cannon, and knotwork motif. The guard is brass and cast with an openwork design of oak leaves and acorns. The end of the quillion has a small stylized sea serpent motif that also appears on the top part of the knuckle guard that attached to the pomm

Image of 1932.009.001 - Sword

1932.009.001 - Sword

Foot Officer's sword with an unmarked, undecorated steel blade that has a 20 1/2" long, quite wide, fuller. The hilt is brass and cast with an openwork floral/foliage design. The grip is leather-wrapped wood with twisted brass wire wrap. The heavy steel scabbard is too long for the sword and is not a match for it (looks like it is meant to go with a heavy cavalry saber). It has two stout rings and is otherwise undecorated.

Image of 1932.020.001 - Sword

1932.020.001 - Sword

Model 1850 officer's presentation sword and scabbard that belonged to Captain Daniel H. Kent (1835-1901) of Company F, Fourth Delaware Regiment. The sword has a steel blade that is stamped with "Collins & Co. / Hartford / Conn. / 1862" on one side near the hilt. The hilt is brass and cast with openwork floral decorative motifs. The inside of the hilt is engraved with "Capt. D.H. Kent, Wilmington, Del." The shagreen grip is wire wrapped. The scabbard is steel with an applied reddish brown patina and has elaborate gilded fittings and drag. The two rings are also gilded and have a twisted rope design.

Image of 1932.020.004 - Sash

1932.020.004 - Sash

Hand-stitched, red wool pleated sash worn by Captain Daniel H. Kent (1835-1901) of Company F, Fourth Delaware Regiment, in the Lincoln-Hamlin victory parade in Wilmington in 1860. The upper part has a 52" circumference with four pleats and white silk trim at the shoulder that has a small 6/8" diameter pin badge depicting Lincoln's Vice-Presidential running mate, Hannibal Hamlin. There is a 4 1/2" diameter red, white, and blue silk rosette pinned to the center of the front side. The base of the sash is also trimmed in white silk and has two red wool tails of different lengths (one is 15" long and the other is 23 1/2" long). Both are edged with a band of 2 1/4" long fringe trim that is made fro

Image of 1935.004 - Flag

1935.004 - Flag

Hand-made United States flag with thirty-four, hand-painted stars arranged in two concentric circles around a central star and with a single star in each corner. The flag has seven red stripes and six white stripes.

Image of 1935.009.002 - Souvenir

1935.009.002 - Souvenir

Machine-stitched, silk souvenir handkerchief or scarf from the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. The piece is printed with a 17 1/4" x 11 1/2" central oval that contains an ariel view of the fair. This oval is set against an American flag backdrop with a bubble of text in the upper left corner: "Souvenir of World's Fair / Chicago 1893."

Image of 1935.025.005 - Chopper, Food

1935.025.005 - Chopper, Food

Meat chopper that consists of a galvanized iron drop blade with a cast iron and wood curved handle. The blade is attached to a thin cast iron frame that has two slender cabriole legs with holes in the feet for screws. There is another attachment shaft behind the blade on the left side.

Image of 1936.014 - Sash

1936.014 - Sash

Hand-stitched, red linen ceremonial Marshall's sash worn in a Columbus Day Parade in Wilmington. The upper portion has a circumference of 61" and two untrimmed 11" long tails. One side of the sash has a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" black and white printed engraving of a bust portrait of Christopher Columbus surrounded by an applied 3/8" wide gold tape border. Beneath this part is a 1 7/8" wide band of white linen with black printed text "Marshal." The base of the sash on the reverse side has a 3" diameter rosette made from gold sequins and metallic coil trim. All of the edges are rough and unfinished.

Image of 1937.001 - Painting

1937.001 - Painting

Framed, oil on canvas painting of two horse-drawn steam fire engines racing through the streets to a fire. The engine in the foreground is drawn by a pair of black horses and has an African-American driver and two other firemen on the back. The engine in the mid-ground is drawn by a pair of white horses and has two firemen on board. An African-American male runs alongside the engine in the foreground and another firefighter runs alongside the other engine on the opposite side of the street. A woman and small boy stand in a doorway marked 347 in the background at the right side. A white poodle runs in the street in front of the horses. The identity of the artist is not certain but it could be

Image of 1937.003 - Lithograph

1937.003 - Lithograph

Framed chromolithograph of George Washington's triumphal entry into the city of New York after his victory in the Siege of Yorktown. Washington is shown riding a white horse at the center of the composition and is surrounded by three other figures on brown horses. The street on both sides is thronged with an assortment of men, women, children, and a few Native Americans and flanked by two balconies containing mostly ladies. An American flag flies from the right balcony. In the background are a number of brick buildings, some of which have stepped gables, that are full of people watching the victory procession from windows.

Image of 1941.066.003 - Silhouette

1941.066.003 - Silhouette

Framed silhouette of Miss Lizzie Ross that depicts a 3" high bust portrait of a young woman with small features facing left. The sitter wears a high, stiff lace collar and appears to have a tall comb in her hair. The silhouette is cut from piece of paper that is mounted over a black silk background. There is hand-written pen text to the lower right of the image: "Miss Lizzie Ross." The silhouette is mounted into a round walnut frame and there are two red and white adhesive stickers on the back with text: "Miss Lizzie Ross given by Mrs. C.L. Ward."

Image of 1938.014.001 - Coat

1938.014.001 - Coat

Navy blue wool service/undress uniform coat of Second Lieutenant Henry du Pont (1812-1889) of the Fourth U.S. Artillery. The frock coat has long sleeves and a row of nine brass buttons (one missing) down the front that have an eagle and shield motif and the letter "A". The front seams, cuffs, and high collar are trimmed with strips of metallic gold ribbon. The coat body is unlined but the sleeves are lined with cotton twill with black silk lining at each cuff.

Image of 1938.014.002 - Coat

1938.014.002 - Coat

Full dress uniform coat and epaulets of Second Lieutenant Henry du Pont (1812-1889) of the Fourth U.S. Artillery. The swallow tail coat is double-breasted with two rows of brass buttons (one row of nine buttons and one row of ten buttons; all present) that have an eagle and shield motif with the letter "A". It has long sleeves and is made from dark blue wool with red wool lining. The swallow tails have a pocket in each tail. The collar is high and trimmed with gold metallic trim and four matching brass buttons. The sleeves are also trimmed with gold metallic trim and two matching brass buttons each. The gold metallic epaulets are tied on and have the number 4 on each.

Image of 1938.020 - Painting

1938.020 - Painting

Framed watercolour painting of the graveyard of Old Swedes Church with two women by Robert Shaw (1859-1912). The scene depicted is of two women (one older and dressed in black & the other younger and seated) visiting the graveyard. Part of the stone church is visible in the background.