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January 17, 2012

Menu holder

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Menu holder

Menu holder used by the family of James J. Hill at their house on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue circa 1900.  The holder consists of  a curved steel spindle on a cast iron openwork wall bracket formed in  an oval shape with a crest, gadrooning, C-scrolls, a stylized petaled flower on a leafed stem, a quatrefoil where the spindle attaches to bracket, and an inverted keyhole at the top for mounting.  The bracket is painted black with areas of the original gold-colored paint remaining.

The menu holder is one of many artifacts featured in “The Hill House Servants:  Life Downstairs,” a Collections Up Close podcast about the lives of the Hill family servants.

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