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March 8, 2012

Portable altar

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

Portable altar

Portable altar with three panels that fold into a compact, fabric-lined carrying case with a leather strap handle. Used by Father George R. Metcalf of St. Paul, Minnesota. Metcalf served as chaplain for General George S. Patton during World War II. The style of the military uniforms depicted in the painting suggest that the altar was originally used during World War I.

For details, view the altar in our online collections database.

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