Artifact of the Month Archive

Tap Handle

Tap Handle

Taking a name from a local creek, J. T. Wampler opened Tanglewood Branch Brewing Company in Fayetteville in 2011. . . .

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Easter Egg

Easter Egg

This papier maché egg probably belonged to twins Mary and Ellen Russell of Harrison (Boone County) in the early 1920s. The word “GERMANY” stamped inside the egg helps narrow down when it was made. Up until about 1920 . . .

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Fireplace Tool

Fireplace Tool

Gaines Tucker and his wife, Estelle “Essie” Dill West Tucker, used this handmade fireplace poker at their home in the Dean community near Metalton (Carroll County). . . .

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Hardness Tester

Hardness Tester

This Rockwell hardness tester was used to determine the strength, or “hardness,” of metal. Hardness was measured by attempting to put a dent into metal . . .

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Baptismal Font

Baptismal Font

This free-standing wooden font originally included a metal water basin housed under the font’s conical lid. Water from the basin was used to perform the rite of baptism . . .

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Christmas Mouse

Christmas Mouse

Made by the New York-based Eden Toys, Inc., this musical mouse spins in a circle while playing “Deck the Halls.” It has a copyright date of 1982 and was sewn in Haiti. . . .

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