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Dual-barreled .40 caliber rifle

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Dual-barreled .40 caliber rifle

Double-barrel .40 caliber center-fire sporting rifle. The rifle has been altered by, or possibly made entirely by Carlos Gove in Denver, Colorado. It has a straight walnut stock that is checkered at the wrist and has an iron buttplate and a raised cheek rest on the left side. One barrel is octagon-to-round, the other is round and has a walnut fore end attached with two screws at octagonal brass escutcheons. The rear sights have been removed from both barrels, and a later peep sight added on the frame tang. Both barrels have German silver blades in front.

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Small Beaded Bag

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Small Beaded Bag

A small beaded velvet bag with yarn embellishment, circa the 1880s.

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2nd State Capitol in 1885

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

2nd State Capitol in 1885

A stereoview of the second Minnesota State Capitol building. Hastily completed in 1883 after the first capitol was destroyed in a fire, this building was deemed much too small for the quickly growing state.

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Uncut Tintype

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Uncut Tintype

An uncut tintype of a woman in a floral print dress. Made around 1880.

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Family on the rails

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Family on the railsTintype of a man, woman and child seated on handcar in 1881.

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Northern Pacific Railroad blanket

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Northern Pacific Railroad blanket

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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Slant-front desk

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Slant-front desk

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

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Henry Whipple St. Clair

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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The Rendezvous of the Hunt

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The Rendezvous of the Hunt

Oil on canvas painting made by Pinky Marcius-Simons between 1880 and 1889.

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Stereoscope

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Stereoscope

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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