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WWI Trunk

Monday, August 1st, 2016

A trunk from World War I. The top of the lid is painted with the words “NO 16 / SGT ICL ERNEST B.L.ECKBERG / DIVISION DET / NO16 HQRS. 79 DIV” in black. On the left side there is a rectangular sheet of aged-yellow paper with a handwritten label that reads “E.B.L. Eckberg / Micalleh, Minn.”

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Punchbowl Set

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

A china punch bowl set hand-painted by Magdalene Sherin of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1910-1919. Set consists of a punchbowl and five cups. All feature gold grape and leaf designs with opalescent interiors.

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Bandolier Bag

Monday, May 16th, 2016

An Ojibwe bandolier bag is decorated with beadwork in a hexagonal pattern over the bag and strap. The hexagonal pattern stops at the pocket of the bag and is then decorated with a beaded floral design. Probably made in the 1910s.

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Peacock Drawing

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

A needlework pattern drawn with pencil on paper of a peacock standing between two bushes, circa 1900-1917.

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Dress Tail Coat

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

A United States Navy pay corps lieutenant’s bluish black wool flannel full dress uniform cutaway tail coat. Used in 1918.

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John Greenman

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

An oil on canvas painting titled John Greenman Reclining. Made by Minnesota artist Frances Cranmer Greenman in 1917.

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Frozen Mississippi

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

An oil on canvas painting titled “Frozen Mississippi”, made by Philip Little in 1910.

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Chauchat Machine Gun

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

A French armed forces Model 1915 Chauchat 8 mm Light Machine Gun C.S.R.G. with a detachable crescent-shaped magazine that hold twenty rounds in line. The buttstock, scales for the pistol grip, and turned handle between the trigger and magazine are all walnut. Barrel housing has air-cooling perforations and the muzzle has a flash suppressor. Gun is mounted with a folding bipod that is painted olive drab; other metal parts are painted white. Left side of frame has two sling swivels. Rear of receiver and left side of frame are stamped “C.R.S.G. No. 148190″. From World War I.

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Motor Speedway Bond

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

A gold bond for $10.00 issued by Twin City Motor Speedway Company in 1915.

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US Army Wings

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

United States Army aviator’s non-regulation “wings” badge (.1) in box (.2). The wings are hand-made of cast silver with a pin fastener on the back, which is stamped “STERLING / WING”. The box exterior is black leather, with black velvet interior. Worn by Major Harold Melville Clark of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for whom Clark Field in Panama is named. Circa 1918.

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