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painting of boys rock.jpg
Part of a rock outcrop located near King’s Highway,
this ledge was a favorite playing spot for Southport
boys in the mid-19th century. Between 1857 and
1863, the field was known as “The Boys’ Lot” and
the rock as “The Boys’ Rock.” The boys carved…

calling cards.jpg
Instead of dropping a text or leaving a voicemail,
people in the 19th century often left a card after a
social visit, to express condolences, or to convey
thanks. These cards were literally a way to say:
“I was here.” If the recipient was not…

family register.jpg
This family register displayed a record of birth,
marriage, and death, serving as a record of the cycle
of life for the Jennings-Howell family of Southport.
The print would have been mass produced, very
often part of a family Bible, and the…

Sampler.jpg
Abigail Nichols of Fairfield worked this linen
sampler when she was 9 years old, embroidering
several alphabets as well as numbers, and the
17th-century verse:
“Our days begin with trouble here
Our life is but a span
And cruel death is always…

Henry Bresky & Sons of Bridgeport, Connecticut,
created their blue diamond label reminiscent of the
early days (1890–1920). Then, the exchange merchant
on the trade docks marked Henry Bresky’s incoming
goods with a blue lumber crayon and a…

Like their predecessors, 20th century crafters also
wanted to design a unique label to identify their
handmade works. Olive B. Russell had this personal
label created to mark her hand-hooked rugs,
including this seat cover.

velvet underdress.jpg
This bright pink under-dress in the loose-fitting
Flapper style of the 1920s bears the unique label of
French designer Jeanne Lanvin. The label not only
dates the dress line, but most importantly, it also
illustrates Lanvin’s inspiration—her…

George William Welsh was a silversmith active in
New York City in the mid 19th century. Kate L.
Sherman Turney and Oliver Turney married in 1866,
so perhaps this set of silver was a wedding gift.

LONDON musket.jpg
This musket, a copy of the British “Brown Bess,” was
said to have been carried in the Revolutionary War
by Joseph Banks of Fairfield. The barrel is iron and
marked “LONDON” but the touch marks indicate
that the gun was made in Belgium. The first…

stawberry spoon.jpg
This spoon, made in London of copper and zinc alloy,
uses a triple spoon motif as a touch mark or maker’s
mark. But since the register of makers’ marks was
destroyed, we have no way of associating this mark
with its maker. Spoons knopped…
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