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Handmade wool blanket in variegated tan and white weave with red striped bands at top and bottom in running geometric design in red, white, tan and pale green. “Minneapolis Sept. 3. 1883″ in red and green cross stitch embroidery. Small tag in corner initialed “HSV”. Blanket was presented by the Indians to Henry Villard, President of the Northern Pacific Railroad upon completion and opening of the railroad from St. Paul to the Pacific. ca. 1883.
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Small maple desk with a sloping lid. The desk was used by the Minnesota State Legislature in the second Minnesota State Capitol building (1882-1905). It has a leather writing surface with a rear gallery and post and ball decoration. There are two drawers below the desk top and the base has four turned wood legs and a low shelf with railing.
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Henry Whipple St. Clair poses for a studio portrait circa 1885, when he was a 15 year-old student attending Shattuck School in Faribault, Minnesota. St. Clair, an Episcopal deacon of Dakota Indian heritage ordained by Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple in 1899, served communities throughout Minnesota and South Dakota and was an army chaplain during World War II.
For more information about the St. Clair family, visit their biographical page at In Honor of the People: Exploring American Indian culture in the Bishop Whipple collections.
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Oil on canvas painting made by Pinky Marcius-Simons between 1880 and 1889.
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Wood and brass viewfinder, or stereoscope, patented in 1866 and manufactured during the 1880s. Stereoscopes combine the twin images of stereoptical slides within one plane of vision, producing a three-dimensional effect. The viewfinder was grasped at the bottom and a slide inserted into the slot at one end, as shown in the picture below.
Example of a stereoscopic slide:
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Martha E. Clark Hall, who worked as the nurse of Laura Furness, poses with her charge for a photograph taken in 1882 or 1883. Laura Furness was the daughter of Marion Ramsey Furness and Charles Eliot Furness, and the granddaughter of Minnesota governor Alexander Ramsey.
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Three-dimensional Christmas card depicting a rigged sailing ship (the name on its hull reads, “FORTUNA”). Two flaps (one resembling a dock) fold outward to form a base for the fully-extended ship and its three-dimensional deck and hull. The words, “A Merry Christmas!” are printed on the dock flap. Printed circa 1880.
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Steel blade ice skates with wood soles, brass upper support plates, and leather strap uppers with black-painted steel buckles. The buckles rely on tension to secure them rather than on a tongue or prong, so there are no holes in the leather straps. These skates were for use with a separate pair of shoes or boots. A steel spike inside each heel supports and stabilizes the heel in the skate. Patented by Douglas Rogers & Company of Northwich, Connecticut on March 17, 1882.
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Silk, velvet, taffeta and satin crazy quilt attributed to Anna and Orena Teachout, dressmakers from Farmington, Minnesota who worked in Owatonna and St. Paul. Cordelia Teachout may have also contributed to the quilt’s construction. The quilt is accompanied by an 1885 State Fair ribbon which reads, “27th Annual State Fair/ J.H. Mahler Co./ Carriages, Sleighs, Harness etc./ St. Paul/ 1885.”
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