Highlights from the Museum Collections

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An archive of objects from the museum collections at Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site that have been previously featured on the site's "Object of the Month" web site.

Marble Bust of Augustus

August 29, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

A marble bust of Augustus, once owned by Charles Sumner.

 

Yacht Alice Painting

August 01, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

A painting of Thomas Gold Appleton's yacht Alice crossing the Atlantic in 1866.

 

Rain King Sprinkler

July 06, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

A 1920s sprinkler used on Alice Longfellow's lawns and gardens.

 

Lilac Watercolor

June 01, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

An 1860 watercolor sketch of a lilac bush, done by Edith Longfellow.

 

Frozen Charlotte Figurine

May 02, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

A "Frozen Charlotte" figurine found on the Longfellow property during an archaeological dig.

 

Bronze Cigar Holder

March 01, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

A bronze figural cigar holder given to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as a gift.

 

Hourglass

February 04, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

An hourglass containing sand from the Sahara Desert.

 

Civil War Cavalry Saber

January 08, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

A Civil War cavalry saber that belonged to Charles Appleton Longfellow.

 

Planchette

November 13, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A mid-19th century planchette.

 

Andrew Craigie's Tea Cups

October 01, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A pair of tea cups once owned by Andrew Craigie.

 

Ernest Longfellow's First Oil Painting

September 01, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

Ernest Longfellow's first oil painting.

 

Seahorses

August 05, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A trio of dried seahorses.

 

Clay Tablet with Cuneiform Script

June 29, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A clay tablet impressed with cuneiform script.

 

Gothic Revival Child's Chair

June 02, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A child-sized Gothic Revival chair.

 

Fasces Seal

May 05, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A seal in the shape of a fasces, from Alice Longfellow's study.

 

Tumbling Doll Toy

March 31, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A mid-19th century toy tumbling doll.

 

Storm King Barometer

March 03, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A "Storm King" barometer from the Longfellow House.

 

Portland Cutter Sleigh

January 30, 2015 Posted by: David R. Daly

A Portland Cutter sleigh, manufactured by the Kimball Bros. firm, that belonged to the Longfellow family.

 

Santa Claus Letter

December 22, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A letter to Santa Claus, written by Ernest W. Longfellow, ca 1850.

 

Miniature Moccasins

December 01, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A pair of miniature moccasins sent to Henry W. Longfellow by missionary Mary Collins in 1882.

 

French Cartoon

October 29, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A hand colored lithograph from French caricaturist J.J. Grandville's 1829 work Les Métamorphoses du Jour.

 

Fire Starter

September 30, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A brass fire starter and fuel pot made by the Cape Cod Shop.

 

Chinese Bronze Jar

August 27, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A Chinese bronze jar acquired by Charles A. Longfellow during a trip to China.

 

Wedding Anniversary Mirror

August 05, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A mirror given by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to his wife Frances on their fourth wedding anniversary in 1847.

 

Door Knocker

June 30, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A brass door knocker in the shape of a Hircocervus, or "Trusty Servant".

 

Longfellow House Stationery Box

May 30, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A stationery box in the shape of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Cambridge home.

 

Central Mining Company Currency

April 28, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

Privately issued currency from the Central Mining Company of Michigan.

 

Mourning Ribbon

March 31, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A mourning ribbon from Senator Charles Sumner's funeral, worn by Henry W. Longfellow.

 

Civil War Medal

February 28, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A commemorative Civil War medal belonging to Nathan Appleton, Jr.

 

Parian Jar

February 03, 2014 Posted by: David R. Daly

A parian jar given to Henry W. Longfellow by British literary critic S.C. Hall.

 

Red Pipestone Pipe

November 27, 2013 Posted by: David R. Daly

A Native American red stone pipe given to Henry W. Longfellow.

 

Silver Letter Opener

November 01, 2013 Posted by: David R. Daly

A silver letter opener owned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 

Pocket Watch

August 30, 2013 Posted by: David R. Daly

A Longfellow family pocket watch.

 

Neapolitan Mandolin

August 02, 2013 Posted by: David R. Daly

An eighteenth century mandolin made in Naples, Italy by lutier Donatus Filano.

 

Silver Christening Cup

July 02, 2013 Posted by: David Daly

Charles Appleton Longfellow's sterling silver christening cup.

 

Agate Tazza

June 03, 2013 Posted by: David Daly

An agate tazza owned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 

The Iron Pen

May 01, 2013 Posted by: David Daly

A pen made of gold, iron, wood and semiprecious stones given to Longfellow in 1879.

 

Polynesian Paddle

December 01, 2012 Posted by: David Daly

A ceremonial Polynesian paddle.

 

Gemel Bottle

October 01, 2012 Posted by: David Daly

A red glass gemel bottle.

 

Beetle

November 01, 2012 Posted by: David Daly

An iridescent beetle from Southeast Asia.

 

English Longfellow Memorial Association Book

January 01, 2013 Posted by: David Daly

Book of letters from supporters of the English Longfellow Memorial Association.

 

Poison Ring

February 01, 2013 Posted by: David Daly

A hollow ring from the first half of the nineteenth century.

 

Grueby Tile

March 01, 2013 Posted by: David Daly

Arts and Crafts style ceramic tile.

 

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