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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.

Joseph G. Thorp Golf Photographs

September 14, 2018 Posted by: David R. Daly

A series of early 20th century images of Joseph G. Thorp practicing his golf swing.

 

Eastern Yacht Club Pin

August 01, 2018 Posted by: David R. Daly

A pin for the yacht Alice, owned by Thomas Gold Appleton and Charles Appleton Longfellow, members of the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

 

19th Century Straw Hat

May 31, 2018 Posted by: David R. Daly

A 19th century men's straw hat.

 

Irish Landscape

April 04, 2018 Posted by: David R. Daly

A painting of an Irish landscape, by English artist Fanny Steers.

 

Art Nouveau Mustard Pot

March 01, 2018 Posted by: David R. Daly

An Art Nouveau style mustard pot that belonged to Alice Longfellow.

 

Russian Icon

February 01, 2018 Posted by: David R. Daly

A small Russian icon obtained by Charles A. Longfellow in 1867.

 

Child's Push Sleigh

January 05, 2018 Posted by: David R. Daly

A child's push sleigh by the Paris Mfg. Co., circa 1900.

 

The Country Club Autumn Cup

December 05, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

The Country Club Autumn Cup for 1887, won by Charles A. Longfellow.

 

Bat Kimono

November 01, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A mid-late 19th-century kimono decorated with bats that belonged to Charles Longfellow.

 

Garfield Railroad Spike

October 10, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A spike from the railroad built to carry President Garfieldin to a seaside cottage in Elberon, New Jersey to carry President Garfield in 1881.

 

Maine Camping Photograph

August 31, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

An 1873 photograph of Alice Longfellow and company while camping in the Maine North Woods.

 

Dana Beach Painting

August 01, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A painting of Dana Beach in Manchester By The Sea, Massachusetts, by Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow.

 

Selenus Style Chess Set

July 10, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A Selenus style chess set probably dating to the early 19th century.

 

Terracotta Figurine

June 05, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A satirical 19th century German terracotta figurine.

 

Appleton Sisters Portrait

April 28, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A portrait of Fanny and Mary Appleton done by Jean-Baptiste Isabey in 1836.

 

Chinese Tea Caddy

April 03, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A late 19th century Chinese tea caddy probably acquired by Charles A. Longfellow.

 

Evangeline Pencil

March 07, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

The pencil with which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the initial draft of "Evangeline".

 

Bronze Greyhound Statuette

February 03, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A bronze statuette of a greyhound by French sculptor Pierre-Jules Mêne, given as a New Years gift to Fanny Longfellow by her husband Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 

Mid-19th Century Moving Toy

January 03, 2017 Posted by: David R. Daly

A mid-19th century cart toy with moving parts that belonged to Ernest Longfellow.

 

Durs Egg Shotgun

December 07, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

A shotgun, made by the Durs Egg Company, which belonged to Charles Appleton Longfellow.

 

19th Century Stereograph Card

October 06, 2016 Posted by: David R. Daly

A stereograph card of the Mettray Penal Colony in France, collected by Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow, Jr.

 

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.

 

Last updated: April 30, 2013

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