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Day Dress

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

A striped silk day dress with ikat floral panels, ball fringe trim and mille fleur glass buttons. Completely hand-stitched. Worn by Frances Hanson Ordway, circa 1859-1862.

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Civil War Scale

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

A collapsible physician’s scale in a wooden case. The scale was collected from a medical school in Mobile, Alabama after the Battle of Mobile Bay (a major naval engagement of the Civil War) in August of 1864. The rectangular case has brass clasps and pin latches on its front. Oval and rectangular brass plates are screwed into place on its top, and two brass hinges attach to its back. The case holds a variety of brass weighing instruments, including balances, scales, weights, and bowls.

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1st MN Insignia

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A service insignia for a United States Army Officer’s Modal 1858 uniform hat worn by William H. Dike during the Civil War. Dike was elected Captain of Company G of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment and when the regiment was mustered on April 29, 1861, he was appointed to the rank of major. After serving at the First Battle of Bull Run in July, Dike resigned his commission on October 22, 1861, and returned to Faribault, Minnesota.

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Brigadier General’s Shoulder Straps

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Pair of United States Army brigadier general’s shoulder strap rank insignias used during the Civil War. Each strap is embroidered in bullion with a silver five-point star within a gold border on velvet backing with cloth ties. Collected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sibley House Association.

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Civil War Corps Badge

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Trefoil-shaped badge representing the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac with a trefoil-shaped cut-out and two stick-pin points soldered to the back. The badge belonged to Albert Smith Davis, who served in the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

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Thomas and Bellamy

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

A tintype photograph of Hiram Thomas and Jared Bellamy in Civil War (?) uniforms. 1863.

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US Army brigadier general’s uniform frock coat

Monday, December 8th, 2014

United States Army brigadier general’s double-breasted wool flannel frock coat. It was worn during the Civil War by Brigadier General William Gates LeDuc, who served in the quartermaster’s department throughout the war. The coat has quilted cotton lining, a velvet faced collar and cuffs, brigadier general’s shoulder straps, and gilded brass General Staff buttons.

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Colt Model 1860 US Army revolver

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

A Colt Model 1860 United States Army .44 caliber, six-shot revolver. It belonged to John B. Sanborn. The revolver has a round barrel, walnut grips, a wheel-engraved Navy scene on the round cylinder, brass mountings and a blade sight. Manufactured by Colt’s Manufacturing Company in New York.

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Whig’s Defeat Pattern Quilt

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

A pieced, appliqué and reverse appliqué cotton quilt in Whig’s Defeat pattern. The quilt consists of 12 solid red and yellow blocks with rounded corners set on point with plain blocks between. Quilted with a one inch grid throughout except for a decorative horn of plenty design in the center of each plain block. Ink or pencil guidelines for quilting are still visible on each horn of plenty. Background, binding and backing fabrics are the same green cotton. All fabrics used are plain weave cotton with a glazed finish. Entirely hand stitched. Reportedly made by M J Hover of Allen County, Ohio, circa 1860.

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Gun Case

Monday, October 20th, 2014

A beaded Dakota hide gun case has a geometric pattern at the top with fringe below. The body of the case depicts two antlered animals. The bottom is fringed with metal tinkles interspersed. The case bears a white sticker with “McBrien” written on it. The case was collected by Colonel John G. Clark of the 50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Fort Rice in Dakota Territory during the US-Dakota War, circa 1865-6.

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