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Name Nineteenth Century

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Image of N1993.001.1313 - Silhouette

N1993.001.1313 - Silhouette

Framed silhouette portrait of George Washington surrounded by an oval laurel leaf border printed in blue ink and topped by an image of an eagle with spread wings. "G Washington" is printed in script in the same blue ink underneath the image.

Image of N1993.001.1315 - Sampler

N1993.001.1315 - Sampler

Framed sampler on linen that has a pale green silk ribbon border with peach rosettes at each corner (except for the upper right corner, where there is one missing). The sampler itself has a stylized undulating floral border and the center part is filled with groups of small embroidered floral motifs and birds. The upper part contains two rows of upper case alphabet letters. The lower section contains two short moral and religious verses: "My follies past O God forgive / My every sin subdue to live / And teach me henceforth how / With glory in my view." "How vain are all things here / How false and yet how fair / Each pleasure hath its poison too / and every sweet a snare." There is also a cen

Image of N1993.001.1350 - Cane

N1993.001.1350 - Cane

Man's cane with a slender, dark wood shaft and 1 1/2" long octagonal panelled silver top engraved: "Rev. Bishop Scott DD / with the high regard / of his friend / L.H. Aldridge / January 1855". Bishop Levi Scott (1802-1882) of Odessa, DE was elected a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1852 and became Senior Bishop in 1874.

Image of N1993.001.1418.1 - Ring

N1993.001.1418.1 - Ring

Woman's ring that is carved with "Mss [sic] Julia A. Jefferson." The inscription occupies 3/4 of an inch along the front of the ring and the letters have been carved by removing background material so that they stand out in high relief.

Image of N1993.001.1441 b - Shell, Artillery

N1993.001.1441 b - Shell, Artillery

Fragment of a Confederate 3-inch Read shell with a 3/8" wide band separating the nose and body sections. There is still some visible threading at the nose for the fuze.

Image of N1993.001.1441 c - Shell, Artillery

N1993.001.1441 c - Shell, Artillery

Fragment from the top part of a Union Army 12 pound Napoleon spherical case shell. Part of the threaded aperture for the fuze is still visible.

Image of N1993.001.1540 - Painting

N1993.001.1540 - Painting

Unframed, folk art, watercolor landscape painting of the original Old Presbyterian Church and cemetery at Lake Como, Smyrna, DE. The painting is a slightly peculiar looking patchwork of scenes. The left side has a church and cemetery with two small figures, one walking in the cemetery and one standing by a gate in the lower left corner. The right side of the painting has a 6 1/4" x 4 1/2" patch of paper stuck into the upper right corner. This same side has a landscape scene with a lake and three small figures in a boat. There is a strange white ghost image of trees and buildings that runs diagonally along the shoreline (probably meant to represent a reflection). There is no visible signatur

Image of N1993.001.203 - Hook

N1993.001.203 - Hook

Wall mounted note/bill organizer made from cast iron. It has an oval shape with an open inverted heart form at the center and text around the outside: "The Patent Transfer File / WHW." There is also text stamped on the back: "Patent d. / June 12, 1883." The item has a loop at the top for wall mounting and a button that opens a wire loop. It was for organizing notes, bills, and receipts, which could be a stuck onto the loop and moved up or down on it for easy reference.

Image of N1993.001.244 - Pick, Ice

N1993.001.244 - Pick, Ice

Ice cutter and pick with a sliding weight on the handle. This tool was used to cut blocks of ice for household use. The teeth of the blade gripped the surface of the ice block and the weight on the handle was thrust downward on the blade to cut into the ice. The patent for this design (281,644) was issued to Alfred C. Rex of Philadelphia, PA on July 17, 1883. There are traces of red paint on the blade.

Image of N1993.001.300 - Sampler

N1993.001.300 - Sampler

Marking sampler on linen, the top half of which is embroidered with lines of cross stitch in red, pink, green, brown, and yellow. The lower section contains the alphabet (often in pairs or more of the same letter) and the numbers one through twelve (again, often in pairs). There is no visible maker's inscription.

Image of N1993.001.303 - Souvenir

N1993.001.303 - Souvenir

Engraved souvenir Union Army spherical shell that would have used a Bormann style fuze with a brass underplug. The item has been engraved with "Gettysburg / 1863." The item is a souvenir relic likely made by Gettysburg resident, Edward Woodward, a local gunsmith who opened a souvenir shop selling bullets, shells, and other battlefield relics to tourists during the late nineteenth century. He was known for his desk sets and engraved battlefield projectiles.

Image of N1993.001.326 - Medal

N1993.001.326 - Medal

Round, silver commemorative medal issued to Abraham Smith of Company G, United States Colored Troops, after the Civil War. The medal has an attached hanging loop at the top edge. The obverse is inscribed: "Abraham Smith / Co. G. / 22nd Reg. / U.S.C.T. / Sussex County / NJ." The reverse is inscribed: "War of 1861 / Engaged in the above battles / Petersburg / Fort Pohatan" and encircled by a laurel wreath. The 22nd United States Colored Infantry fought in 1864-1865 at the battles at Petersburg and Richmond. It was the only all black army corps in United States history and participated in President Lincoln’s funeral procession.

Image of N1993.001.382 - Game, Board

N1993.001.382 - Game, Board

"Checkered Game of Life" early board game created by Milton Bradley. This game was originally designed for four players (but could be played by more or less) and was meant to be played using a six-sided spinner rather than dice (because of the association with gambling). The folding board has a checkerboard pattern of neutral red squares and white squares that contain various good and bad scenarios and points. Each edge of the board is marked "top", "bottom", "right" and "left." When playing, the spinner dictated the number of spaces a player could move, but players had a choice as to how to move in each direction in order to simulate the combination of luck and planning that happen in real

Image of N1993.001.502 - Flag

N1993.001.502 - Flag

Small, printed cotton, American Stars & Stripes flag with thirty-three stars of various sizes arranged into a circular configuration within the canton. The edges are rough and unfinished.

Image of N1993.001.503 - Flag

N1993.001.503 - Flag

Small, hand-stitched, thirty-four star American flag made from wool twill tape. It has a 25" long red and white twisted yarn cord that terminates in a single tassel attached to the hoist side, which has been stiffened with a thin wooden dowel. The canton has its simple embroidered white stars arranged into the shape of a five-pointed star.

Image of N1993.001.508 - Flag

N1993.001.508 - Flag

Printed cotton campaign flag with seven red and six white printed stripes and a blue-printed canton that contains twenty-six white individual stars that are arranged into a larger five-pointed star pattern. The field has black text printed on one side: "Polk & Dallas / Tharp & Riddle." "Polk & Dallas" refers to the successful 1844 Presidential Campaign of Democrats, James K. Polk and George M. Dallas. In the same year, Delaware's William D. Tharp (1803-1865) campaigned unsuccessfully to become Delaware's 34th Governor and George Read Riddle (1817-1867) lost a bid to become a US Representative.

Image of N1993.001.514 - Flag

N1993.001.514 - Flag

Hand-stitched, American Stars & Stripes flag. The seven red stripes are made from wool and the six white stripes are made from cotton and all the stripes are hand-sewn together. The three edges are carefully rolled and neatly hand-stitched. The 26 1/2" x 20 1/2" navy blue wool canton contains thirty-six hand-sewn white cotton stars arranged into six rows of six stars. The 1 3/4" wide canvas hoist is a sleeve that has a length of rope threaded through and then stitched in place.

Image of N1993.001.521.002 - Flag

N1993.001.521.002 - Flag

Machine-stitched, wool, American Stars & Stripes flag with seven red and six white stripes that are machine stitched together. The 31 1/2" x 26" navy blue wool canton contains thirty-eight stars that are hand sewn on. The 2 1/2" wide canvas hoist has three brass eyelets and the upper corner near the canton is stamped "4 x 7 ft."

Image of N1993.001.521.003 - Flag

N1993.001.521.003 - Flag

Machine-stitched, American Stars & Stripes flag with thirty-eight stars in four rows of eight and one row of six. The flag is made up of stars and stripes that are stencilled onto the cloth rather than pieced together. There is hand-written text on the hoist end: "10 Feet" and "G.D. Underwood".

Image of N1993.001.524 - Flag

N1993.001.524 - Flag

Machine-stitched, Civil War era, Gadsden flag made from a strip of gold silk which is machine stitched to a 2" wide tan canvas hoist. The seam at the fly end is finished with machine stitching but the top and bottom edges are unstitched with the selvedge ends visible. The flag is hand-painted on both sides with a 9" x 7 3/4" gold and brown rearing rattlesnake motif with black-painted text underneath: "Don't Tread On Me."