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Drum

Date: 
ca. 1864
Medium: 
Wood, hide, rope, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 3/8 x 17 1/2 in. ( 28.9 x 44.4 cm )
Description: 
Double-headed tubular drum with undecorated wooden cylinder and drumheads made of animal hide; wooden rims pierced with holes for rope lacing, which is reinforced with leather bands.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Norman W. Lippincott
Object Number: 
1952.277a
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this drum was used during the Civil War by Corporal John J. Dean (1842-1887) of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Dean served in Co. B, 196th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, from July 19 to November 17, 1864.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1864
eMuseum Object ID: 
37687
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Purse

Date: 
1942-1946
Medium: 
Leather, synthetic fabric, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 10 7/8 x 25 in. ( 4.4 x 27.6 x 63.5 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular black leather Waves Naval Lieutenant's uniform purse, with adjustable leather strap, top flap has snap fastener at the center; inside lined with black ribbed synthetic fabric, back of inside has 3 pocket compartments of graduating size.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Many Jane Natto
Object Number: 
1946.58d
Marks: 
embroidered: on label, inside top flap: "MADE AND SOLD UNDER / AUTHORITY OF U.S. NAVY / W.A.V.E.S." stamped: on reverse of snap fastener on top flap: "RAU F. CO. / PROV. R.I."
Gallery Label: 
This purse is part of a W.A.V.E.S. uniform. "W.A.V.E.S." stands for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service." The branch was formed for the Navy during World War II, around 1942. The Society owns the remaining items to this uniform, as well as an additional complete W.A.V.E.S. uniform.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1946
eMuseum Object ID: 
37425
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Moro Knife

Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/2 in. ( 47.6 x 6.4 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Moro knife with broad, heavy, single-edged steel blade; scored decoration consisting of two X's on lower back edge; missing hilt.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lt.-General Robert Lee Bullard
Object Number: 
1933.122
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this knife was taken from a Filippino "Moro" by Lt.-General Robert Lee Bullard while on an expedition under General Leonard Wood in late 1903.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
37224
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Miniature flag

Date: 
Ca. 1883
Medium: 
Silk, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. ( 0.6 x 7 x 10.8 cm )
Description: 
Miniature silk U.S. flag on metal flag pole; red and white stripes list various Civil War battlefield sites; on flag pole with banner next to round finial.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Object Number: 
INV.8671mm
Marks: 
printed: on banner, top: "FOURTEENTH REGIMENT, 1861 - 1883." printed: on stripes: "BULL RUN. / BINN'S HILL / SPOTTSYLVANIA C. H. / RAPPAHANNOCK STATION. / SULPHUR SPRINGS. / GAINESVILLE. / GROVETON. MANASSAS PLAINS. / CHANTILLY. SOUTH MOUNTAIN. ANTIET
Gallery Label: 
This miniature U.S. flag was among the items found in the footlocker of William H. Paine, who served as a surveyor with the Army engineers during the Civil War, 1862-1865. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1883
eMuseum Object ID: 
36906
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Stamp: finished Holloway file

Date: 
1940-1945
Medium: 
Wood, rubber
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 in. ( 1.9 x 5.4 x 5.4 cm )
Description: 
Wooden rubber stampe with black baluster-shaped handle with the maker's information incised on one side at the top of handle; red rectangular base with a strip of rubber across the width reading "FINISHED HOLLOWAY FILE."
Credit Line: 
Gift of H. Maxson Holloway, 1946
Object Number: 
INV.11392
Marks: 
incised: one side at the top of handle: "BAUMGARTEN / 935 11TH ST. N.W. / WASH.D.C." cast: in rubber across the bottom: "FINISHED HOLLOWAY FILE"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1945
eMuseum Object ID: 
36847
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Shield: 1st Compy. ,9th Regt.

Date: 
ca. 1830
Medium: 
Tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 6 x 1 5/8 in. ( 17.8 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm )
Description: 
Arched metal hat plate rounded across the top; surface painted black and decorated with a gold and red spread eagle holding a laurel branch and three arrows in its talons, a U.S. shield on his breast and banners in his beak; inscribed below, "1St COMPY/ 9th REGT."
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
1936.692
Marks: 
painted: front: "1St COMPY/ 9th REGT" scratched: into reverse: "(?).../ Andrew Bishop/ Stampford"
Gallery Label: 
Hat plates such as this one were typically worn attached to ordinary civilian hats by members of early nineteenth-century militia units. A similar example is illustrated in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 235 (p. 71, fig. 137).
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1830
eMuseum Object ID: 
36691
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Drumsticks

Date: 
1860-1865
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
overall (each): 17 1/8 x 7/8 in. ( 43.5 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Pair of wooden drumsticks which taper from the ends to the rounded tips; at the end of each stick is carved a square with an X across it.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Louise I. Corell
Object Number: 
1944.120bc
Marks: 
carved: upper end, each stick: "P CORELL"
Gallery Label: 
These drumsticks belonged to Philip Corell (1847-1935), who enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 as part of the 99th New York Volunteer Infantry, and re-enlisted in Hancock's Veteran Corps. He was mustered out in 1866.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1865
eMuseum Object ID: 
33771
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Escape map

Date: 
1942
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 1/8 x 25 1/8 in. ( 89.2 x 63.8 cm )
Description: 
Cotton printed map of Northwest Africa with three legends across the bottom; printed in blue, black and red ink on a white ground.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. James G. Strobridge
Object Number: 
1967.13
Marks: 
printed: all over: "ROAD MAP/ OF/ WEST AFRICA/ SCALE 1:5,000,000/ For use by/ War and Navy Department Agencies only/ Not for sale or distribution/ ..."
Gallery Label: 
This map was made to facilitate escape of downed U.S. Airforce personnel for the African invasion during World War II. The map was created from old tour books which is why the scale varies in the three sections. The donor recieved the map from the U.S. Army Map Service, with which he was associated.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1942
eMuseum Object ID: 
33193
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

INV.8017[dup]

Medium: 
wood
Dimensions: 
3 in.
Object Number: 
INV.8017[dup]
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
32929
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pike

Medium: 
Wood, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 106 x 2 in. ( 269.2 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Wood and iron pike; long, cylindrical wooden shaft with leaf-shaped point; iron cap covers shaft at other end.
Object Number: 
INV.5738.1
Gallery Label: 
Pikes were among the most commonly-used and effective European infantry weapons of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and during this period were brought in large numbers to Jamestown, Plymouth, New Netherland, and other colonies. By the eighteenth century, however, pikes had been abandoned in America, as well as in England and France. During the Revolutionary War, pikes enjoyed a rebirth, and were used by American and Hessian soldiers, and to a lesser extent by British troops.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
32758
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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