Desert Peoples / Homesteaders

(“The Yard Committee,” Phyllis & Pat Keys, John Eaton and his older brother)

Toy Sword and Scabbard

ca. 1930

Made of scrap wood and fabric, this homemade sword with scabbard is one of few items in the park museum collection that represents the children of the homesteaders and miners who lived and worked in the park before it became part of the National Park System.

Sword: Wood. L 49, W 4 cm
Scabbard: Denim. L 39, W 5.5 cm
Joshua Tree National Park, JOTR 17308