Curiosities


Curiosity

They're in boxes, on shelves, or in drawers. Maybe they're in a closet, the vault, the attic or the basement. These hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered! We invite you to come and wander through the Suggett House Museum. Bring your questions and curiosity to the Kellogg Research Center. But, in the meantime, take a look at a few of our curiosities and discover something that has been in storage and out of sight for too long! You can check our blog for the more about the stories of these curiosities.

Fluter

Knox Imperial Fluter

This black cast iron fluting iron was patented on March 20, 1877 by Susan R. Knox. It has heated rods that are inserted into the rollers. The hand crank feeds starched fabric through the grooved rollers. Tiny pleats are the result! Fashions in the late 19th century used these trims on dresses, bonnets and shirts.

This iron was donated by the Grace Walrad McKee estate in 1968.

Chatelain

Sterling Silver Chatelaine

This elaborate fashion accessory was popular in the late 19th century.   It would have been worn either at a lady's waist, or as a brooch.  Our chatelaine has 2 pencils, a small flask, notepad, and a postage holder.  It was donated by Miss Helen Wickwire, November, 1968.

Fire Extinguisher

Harden's Hand Fire Extinguisher Grenade

This blue decorative glass grenade is filled with fluid and is dated Aug. 8, 1871 - Aug. 14, 1883.

Grenades were filled with salt water or, in some cases, carbon tetrachloride. and were meant to be thrown at the base of a fire.

They were found in homes, hotels, factories, schools, trains and other commercial buildings around the turn of the century.

Gyroscope

Sperry Gyroscope

This early model of a gyroscope was made by Elmer Sperry. Early in his career Sperry saw two possibilities for the gyroscope - a means of stabilizing ships, and a substitute for the undependable magnetic compass.

At age 50, Sperry set up the Sperry  Gyroscope Company. In 1955 it merged with Remington-Rand. Inc. resulting in the new company known as Sperry Rand.

This model was donated by Ross Bartlett in 1967. 

Bullet Mold

Civil War Era Bullet Mold

 Little is known about the history of this particular item. It is a single musket ball, scissors-type bullet mold. Before 1860, a soldier might use a mold like this to make bullets "in the field."

Strop

Razor Strop

This item was a mystery when it came to the historical society,  part of a collection donated by Dorothy Sarvey in 2014. After lots of questions and a trip to a local barber, it was identified as a (well used) razor strop, circa 1900. It has a strip of leather and would have been used to straighten and polish the sides of a straight razor or knife.

 
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