Objects - Miscellaneous

With a collection as broad as ours, there were bound to be objects we could not classify. From catamount footprints to hairpins, you’ll find it all here.

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Brick
Name/Title
Brick
Entry/Object ID
1903.2
Description
Rectangular, red-clay brick with remnants of white mortar on the sides. The top has an attached paper label that reads, "New York, February 27th, 1903 This brick was taken from the roof of the cell one time occupied by Ethan Allen; in the building of late years known as the Hall of Records, and torn down by the City Authorities February 1903. This building was built in 1758 and used as an English Prison. Presented to the Museum by, Ervin A. Pratt, 496 Hancock St, Borough of Brooklyn, N.Y."
Context
Taken from the cell occupied by Ethan Allen in New York.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1903.2
Source or Donor
Pratt, Ervin A.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Relic, Historic,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Ceramic
Relationships
Allen, Ethan (1738-1789)
New York City
American Revolutionary War
Brick
Name/Title
Brick
Entry/Object ID
1953.52.19
Description
Rectangular brick. Evidence of mortar is on the top and left side.
Context
From the original chimney of the Ann Story house in Salisbury, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1953.52
Source or Donor
Harding, Ina Harris
Acquisition Method
Gift
Lexicon
Brick,Construction Materials,Building Components,Category 01: Built Environment Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Ceramic
Relationships
Story, Ann (1741-1817)
Salisbury
Casting
Name/Title
Casting
Entry/Object ID
1995.44.2
Description
Plaster cast of a panther print, painted dark red. On the back of the casting is a piece of masking tape with the inscription, "1934 Chester, Vt. - original is in the Bennington, Vt. museum."
Context
Duplicate of plaster cast made from footprints at Grafton Gulf, December 1934, by Rev. William J. Ballou. The original is held in the Bennington Museum.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1995.44
Source or Donor
Hitchcock, Harold B.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
The Bennington Museum
Bennington
Lexicon
Casting,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plaster, Paint
Relationships
Ballou, William J., Rev.
Grafton
Casting
Name/Title
Casting
Entry/Object ID
1995.44.3
Description
White plaster casting of panther print, from the original in the Bennington Museum.
Context
Duplicate of plaster cast made from footprints at Grafton Gulf, December 1934, by Rev. William J. Ballou. The original is held in the Bennington Museum.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1995.44
Source or Donor
Hitchcock, Harold B.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
The Bennington Museum
20th Century
Bennington
Lexicon
Casting,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Plaster
Relationships
Ballou, William J., Rev.
Grafton
Certificate
Name/Title
Certificate
Entry/Object ID
2021.4.3
Description
Rectangular paper certificate. The certificate has "Windsor High School Athletic Association" printed in gothic font surround a large, green W. The blanks have been filled in with blue ink explaining that Herbert Howe was awarded a varsity letter (W) in "Basket-Ball" for the season of 1931-32. The certificate has been signed by Ralph W. Erickson (Athletic Director) and E. K. Boak (Principal).
Context
Awarded to Herbert Guy Howe by Windsor High School Athletic Association, 1931-1932
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.4
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1932
Windsor
Lexicon
Certificate, Achievement,Award,Achievement Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Paper
Relationships
Howe, Herbert Guy (1914-2002)
Certificate
Name/Title
Certificate
Entry/Object ID
2021.4.4
Description
Rectangular paper certificate. The certificate has "Windsor High School Athletic Association" printed in gothic font surround a large, green W. The blanks have been filled in with blue ink explaining that Herbert Howe was awarded a varsity letter (W) in "Basket-Ball" for the season of 1932-32. The certificate has been signed by Ralph W. Erickson (Athletic Director) and E. K. Boak (Principal).
Context
Awarded to Herbert Guy Howe by Windsor High School Athletic Association, 1932
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.4
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1932
Windsor
Lexicon
Certificate, Achievement,Award,Achievement Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Paper
Relationships
Howe, Herbert Guy (1914-2002)
Windsor
Certificate
Name/Title
Certificate
Entry/Object ID
2021.4.5
Description
Rectangular paper certificate. The certificate has "Windsor High School Athletic Association" printed in gothic font surround a large, green W. The blanks have been filled in with blue ink explaining that Herbert Howe was awarded a varsity letter (W) in "Basket-Ball" for the season of 1931. The certificate has been signed by Ralph W. Erickson (Athletic Director) and E. K. Boak (Principal).
Context
Awarded to Herbert Guy Howe by Windsor High School Athletic Association, 1930-1932
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.4
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1931
Windsor
Lexicon
Certificate, Achievement,Award,Achievement Symbols,Personal Symbols,Category 08: Communication Objects
Materials
Paper
Relationships
Howe, Herbert Guy (1914-2002)
Feather Wreath
Name/Title
Feather Wreath
Entry/Object ID
1925.3
Description
Funeral wreath of feather flowers within a deep shadow-box frame. The arrangement consists of several flowers and leaves, all made of silk and white feathers.
Context
Made by Augusta Green Earle and one of her three sisters.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1925.3
Source or Donor
Earle, Augusta Green (1848-1920)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Artist
Earle, Augusta Green (1848-1920)
Middletown Springs
Lexicon
Wreath, Hairwork,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Feather
Historic Relic
Name/Title
Historic Relic
Entry/Object ID
1921.13a-b
Description
Two irregularly shaped pieces of wood. The large piece resembles a tree stump with a whole across the middle. The small piece is flat on two opposite sides, and carved into a curve on other sides.
Wood from the schooner Royal Savage. Two pieces of wood with obvious cutting marks. On the flat surface of "b" are the words: "Royal Savage Lake Champlain, ___H. Puff_".
Context
The wood was taken from the schooner "Royal Savage", the flagship of General Benedict Arnold. It was retrieved from the wreckage by a diver in 1886.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1921.13
Source or Donor
Gutchell, Henry J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1770
Lexicon
Relic, Historic,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Materials
Wood
Relationships
Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801)
Lake Champlain
American Revolutionary War, Battle of Valcour Island
Historic Relic
Interpretative Labels
Historic Relic, 1969 Wood, nylon, plexiglass, rock By gift from Governor Deane C. Davis, 1970.13 These Moon rocks were brought back from the moon's surface by astronauts Neal Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. July 16-24, 1969 on the Apollo 11 flight. These chips, weighing 50 milligrams, are fragments of crystalline rock, breccia and glass sieved from the dusty lunar surface. The enclosed Vermont flag was also aboard the lunar module that landed on the Mare Tranquillitatis. This display was given to the Vermont Historical Society in 1970 by then-President Richard Nixon. Samples were given to 135 nations, US possessions and US states.
Name/Title
Historic Relic
Entry/Object ID
1970.13
Description
Wooden pedestal holding small fragments of material from the surface of the moon. The fragments are suspended in a resin sphere at the center top of the pedestal. Beneath the sphere is a small Vermont state flag. The whole face of the pedestal is covered in plexiglass. The base of the pedestal bears two metal plaques or labels. The top says, "PRESENTED TO THE PEOPEL OF THE STATE VERMONT BY RICHARD DIXON PRESIDENT OF THE UNITES STATES OF AMERICA". The lower says, "This flag of your state was carried to the Moon and back by Apollo 11, and this fragment of the Moon's surface was brought to Earth by the crew of that first manned lunar landing."
Context
Presented to the State of Vermont by President Richard Nixon.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1970.13
Source or Donor
Vermont, State of
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Credit Line
Governor Deane C. Davis
Made or Created
1969-1970
Lexicon
Relic, Historic,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood, Stone, Plexiglass, Glass, Plastic
Relationships
Davis, Deane C. (1900-1990), NASA
Letter Openers
Name/Title
Letter Openers
Entry/Object ID
1965.26.12a-c
Description
Three wooden souvenir letter openers, or paper knives. Two are shaped like Felchions and the third is shaped like a hatchet. Each is decoratively burned and has the inscription, "Fort Ticonderoga Float Bridge".
Context
Made from wood from a float bridge that connected Fort Ticonderog to Mount Independence across Lake Champlain.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1965.26
Source or Donor
Fletcher Free Library
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1913
Lexicon
Relic, Historic,Opener, Letter,Memorabilia,Writing Accessories,Documentary Objects,Written Communication T&E,Category 08: Communication Objects,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Materials
Wood
Relationships
Fort Ticonderoga, Lake Champlain
American Revolutionary War
License Plate
Name/Title
License Plate
Entry/Object ID
1959.53.6
Description
Metal plate with the inscription, "VERMONT Remembers 1797-1991 SESQUI-CENTENNIAL". At the left is an illustration of the State House and at the right is an illustration of the Vermont state seal with the inscription, "150 YEARS OF STATEHOOD VERMONT".
Use
Attached to a car above the standard license plate
Context
Made for the Vermont Sesquicentennial
Acquisition
Accession Number
1959.53
Source or Donor
Prouty, Edward H.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Erickson
1991
Des Moines
Lexicon
Plate, License,Land Transportation Accessories,Land Transportation T&E,Category 07: Distribution & Transportation Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Vermont State House
Vermont Sesquicentennial
Pipe
Name/Title
Pipe
Entry/Object ID
1960.179.6
Description
Wooden pipe carved with Irish symbols. The bowl of the pipe is chip carved with shamrocks, a harp, and a dog. The mouth piece is tortoiseshell.
Context
Owned by Rudyard Kipling.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1960.179
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Lexicon
Pipe,Construction Materials,Building Components,Category 01: Built Environment Objects
Materials
Wood, Tortoiseshell
Relationships
Kipling, Joseph Rudyard (1865-1936), Hardie, Robert Gordon
Pocket Flask
Name/Title
Pocket Flask
Entry/Object ID
2006.78.8.1 -- .67
Description
67 cardboard box forms for holding sputum; scored to fold into the correct pocket shape. The interior is coated with wax. The boxes are orange-red with the black inscription, "To be Certain----Burn it All/POCKET SPUTUM FLASK "XL"/Patented/BURNITOL MANUFACTURING CO./Boston, Massachusetts/Patent Numbers/1,719,876/Made in U.S.A." The Burnitol Trade Mark (Burnitol within a black circle) appears above all the lettering.
Use
To hold and dispose of the highly contagious phlegm of people with tuberculosis.
Context
Distributed by doctors to workers in the granite industry. (Never used.)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2006.78
Source or Donor
Best, Clarice Bianchi Cella
Gervasio, Anthony
Acquisition Method
Made or Created
Burnitol Manufacturing Company
1918
Boston
Lexicon
Flask, Pocket,Personal Carrying & Storage Gear,Personal Gear,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Cardboard, Waxed Paperboard
Relationships
Brown's Pharmacy
Barre City
Poster
Name/Title
Poster
Entry/Object ID
1974.4.2
Description
Poster showing an image of a satellite, a United States Flag, and a Skylab II patch. The poster is signed, "To the people of the State of Vermont for their contribution to making the dream of a manned earth orbiting space station a reality" and autographed by Alan Bean, Owen Garriott, and Jack Lousma.
Context
Sent to the State of Vermont along with a fragment of moon rock.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1974.4
Source or Donor
Vermont, State of
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Lexicon
Relic, Historic,Poster,Memorabilia,Documentary Objects,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Fabric, Paper, Paperboard, Cardboard
Relationships
NASA
Vermont
Sales Sample
Name/Title
Sales Sample
Entry/Object ID
1994.31a-d
Description
A salesman's model of a silo with its carrying case. The miniature silo is made of red stained wood with a wooden roof. The side of the model is painted with the label, "THE GREEN MOUNTAIN SILO". The inside of the model has a sticker with the inscription, "MANNING MANUFACTURING CO./MANUFACTURERS OF DAIRY & CREAMERY APPARATUS/RUTLAND, VERMONT". The roof comes off the model to show the inside and has a wedge-shaped opening secured with strap hinges. Each level up the side of the silo has a functioning, removable square door. The sample kit comes with two silo board samples. The leather carrying case is shaped to fit the model, with a tightly-fitted removable lid, and a carrying handle on the side.
Use
Used as an example by traveling salespeople in order to sell full-sized silos.
Context
Made in Rutland, VT by Manning Manufacturing Company.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1994.31
Source or Donor
William A. Smith Auction House
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
Manning Manufacturing Company
1900-1914
Rutland
Lexicon
Sample, Sales,Merchandising T&E,Category 05: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Smoking Pipe
Name/Title
Smoking Pipe
Entry/Object ID
1958.1.1293
Description
Smoking pipe made of soapstone. The pipe consists of an upright hollow tube with a slightly flaring mouth set into a nearly perpendicular hollow triangle that is open on one side. The whole is carved from a single piece of soapstone.
Context
Found in St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1958.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Vermont
Lexicon
Pipe, Smoking,Smoking & Recreational Drug Equipment,Personal Gear,Category 03: Personal Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Soapstone
Relationships
St. Johnsbury
Taxidermy Mount
Interpretative Labels
Catamount (Puma concolor), 1881 Barnard, Vermont Gift of Col. John B. Mead, #1960.8 The cougar, mountain lion, puma, or catamount as it’s known in Vermont, was once considered such a threat to livestock that it was hunted to extinction. Today the catamount has become a beloved symbol of Vermont and lives on in art, literature, and popular culture. Alexander Crowell killed this catamount on Thanksgiving Day, 1881 in Barnard, Vermont. Responding to complaints of a predator eating sheep, a small group of hunters tracked this catamount all day through its tracks in the snow. Crowell first shot the animal in the leg with the shotgun (1968.15) and then used a borrowed rifle to shoot the catamount in the head. Newspaper reports called the catamount (or panther) the largest ever seen in the state. The “Monster Panther” was preserved and exhibited around the state. Since 1886, the catamount has been on display at the Vermont State House and at the Vermont Historical Society. Though prevalent in other parts of the continent, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the cougar extinct in most of the east. However, sightings of the elusive animal continue. Do you have a catamount story?
Name/Title
Taxidermy Mount
Entry/Object ID
1960.8
Description
Taxidermy mount of a North American cougar, also known as a catamount, mountain lion, or panther. The animal is mounted so as to appear to be walking.
Context
The animal was shot by Alexander Crowell on November 24, 1881 in Barnard, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1960.8
Source or Donor
Vermont, State of
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1881
Lexicon
Mount, Taxidermy,Decorative Furnishings,Household Accessories,Category 02: Furnishings
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Crowell, Alexander (1837-1913)
Barnard
Typewriter Ribbon
Name/Title
Typewriter Ribbon
Entry/Object ID
2021.5.34a-b
Description
Unused typewriter ribbon and box. The ribbon is on a black plastic spool and wrapped in a thin, cellophane case (torn). The whole is stored in a blue-and-white cardboard box labeled with manufacturing information.
Context
Likely used in a train station in Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
2021.5
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Western Union
1958
Lexicon
Ribbon, Typewriter,Writing Accessories,Written Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Materials
Plastic, Cardboard, Ink
Water Supply Pipe
Name/Title
Water Supply Pipe
Entry/Object ID
1945.5
Description
Soapstone water pipe and lead joint for use in connecting pipes. The pipe is square on the outside with a hollow, round tube drilled through the center.
Context
Quarried and manufactured in Grafton, likely by Butterfield and Smith. This was part of the watermain in the village of Cambridgeport, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1945.5
Source or Donor
Fisher, Leon M.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Butterfield and Smith
Grafton
Lexicon
Pipe, Water Supply,Pipe, Plumbing,Plumbing & Drainage Elements,Building Components,Category 01: Built Environment Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Soapstone, Lead
Relationships
Cambridgeport

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