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Boeckmann’s Sword

Monday, August 17th, 2015

A sword and scabbard presented to Dr. Eduard Boeckmann by the staff of Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul. Model 1860 Staff and Field Officer’s sword with rayskin grip and gold bullion sword knot. Gold washed blade etched with “Major Edward Boeckmann from Bethesda Hospital and Staff 1898″. “CHAS F. PUSCH, ST. PAUL, MINN” etched in ricasso.

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Swimming

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

A tintype showing Frances Goodman Heilbron and a group of her friends wearing swimming costumes. Made in 1890.

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Tiffany Lamp

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

A Tiffany Studios “The Twilight” kerosene lamp consisting of (.A) decagonal base of mold blown favrile glass with Tiffany sticker and “2393″ etched into the base, (.B) a cylindrical insert of pearlescent glass and gold-colored kerosene apparatus at top, ‘TIFFANY’ on wick adjustment knob and ‘THE TWILIGHT/PAT MAY 22. 1894′ on shade frame, (.C) a small chimney of amber favrile glass, and (.D) a crenellated glass shade with “2638″ scratched vertically onto the lip. Circa 1894.

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Bandolier Bag

Monday, May 11th, 2015

An Ojibwe bandolier bag with a beaded floral pattern most likely made in the 1890s. It was reportedly obtained through William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

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Casting Spoon

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

A fly fishing casting spoon and envelope made by G.M. Skinner in Clayton, New York, circa 1894. Used by James J. Hill. The backing card reads “Skinner’s New Casting Spoon, / Used With or Without Bait.”

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Kennedy Bros. Shotgun

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A double-barrel side-by-side 10 gauge cartridge shotgun with two sets of barrels. The shotgun has a checkered walnut pistol grip stock with horn caps on the butt and grip. It also has Damascus barrels, external hammers, double triggers, and foliate and pheasant engravings on the metal mountings. The barrels were made by Thomas Kilby in Birmingham, England to be assembled and retailed by M.F. Kennedy and Brothers in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Beaded Bandolier Bag

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

A beaded calico bandolier bag was made by Becker County Indian Industries and exhibited at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

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Pudge

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

On this day, November 12 in 1892, Minnesota native Walter “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player in the country when he signs with the Allegheny Athletic Association and is paid $500 for helping to win a game against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

This photograph shows an older Mr. Heffelfinger posing with an old high-wheel bicycle in 1931.

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Summer at Minnehaha Falls

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

A hand-tinted stereoview of Minnehaha Falls during the summer, circa the 1890s.

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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Ojibwe bandolier bag with front pocket. Pocket panel of loomed glass seed beads has geometric motifs, is attached to cloth backing and features integrated tabs finished with wool yarn tassels. Area above the pocket features a spot-stitch embroidered floral motif. Loomed seed bead panels are attached to cloth strap. Associated with the World’s Columbian Exposition and Becker County Indian Industries. Circa 1890s.

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