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Boy and His Sled

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

A 1/6 plate Daguerreotype showing Everett H. Bailey poised with his sled in 1853. Bailey would grow up to be a well known banker in Minnesota.

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Compass Quilt

Monday, June 6th, 2016

A mariner’s compass cotton pieced quilt top featuring 12 repeating blocks of compass pattern in red, tan, gold and faded tan on a white background. Red sashing and cone-shaped border in red and tan. Made by Katherine Hogan of Dawson, Minnesota, circa 1850.

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Thomas Walker

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

A 1/6th plate daguerreotype showing a young Thomas B. Walker and an unidentified man in 1852. Walker made his fortune in timber and went on to found the Minneapolis Public Library and the Walker Art Center.

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Tiffany Cup

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

A sterling silver cup with repousse ornamentation in shield and scrollery designs on sides. “MATTIE” engraved on side and “Tiffany and Co./G&W/14/1759″ engraved on base. Circa 1852-53.

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Cherokee Coat

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A tanned deerskin coat, Cherokee, circa the mid-19th century. At the lower back is a tree, entwined with vines, in which two Eastern bluebirds and two Baltimore orioles are perched. In the center upper section of the cape is a bald eagle and on each sleeve above the cuff is a turkey. Embroidered over the decorative hem bands are: “J. M. Payne / Nancy Riley / 1854 / Polly Weber / Cherokee”.

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George Northrup

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

An 1858 daguerreotype portrait of George W. Northrup posing with his gold mining equipment. Northrup was famous in Minnesota for his frontiersman exploits.

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Patchwork Quilt

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

A cotton patchwork quilt with a simple pinwheel pattern, made in the 1850s.

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St. Anthony Falls

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A daguerreotype of St. Anthony Falls showing the houses and businesses along the river. Made in 1852.

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St. Anthony Falls

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

A rare stereographic daguerreotype showing St. Anthony falls in Minneapolis in the 1850s.

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Piece of the U.S.S. Minnesota

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

A carved oak fragment of the hull of the USS Minnesota with engraved silver plaque reading “Trophy / From U.S. Battle Ship Minnesota / PRESENTED BY / T. Buttler & Co. Boston Mass. / TO / A.S. of N. Crew of Minnesota No. 1.” The ornamental trophy was created when the Minnesota was decommissioned from the U.S. Navy and scrapped in 1901.

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