San Jancinto Museum of History

Art and Artifacts

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This online database of artifacts from the museum makes finding everything from Mexican pistols to Meso-American pottery quick and easy. Browse a portion of the museum's artifacts in ten different categories to see close-up pictures and get detailed information on them. You can search by keyword (badge), name (Sam Houston), and many other criteria.

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ALBUM
 

ALBUM

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
a) 11"L x 9 3/4"W x 1/4"D b) 9"L x 10 1/4"W

DATE MADE
1964

DESCRIPTION
Album, black leather (a) with one sheet (50 postage stamps) of 5-cent Sam Houston commemorative U.S. postage stamps (b). Album labeled (gold lettering) on cover: "5-CENT/ SAM HOUSTON/ COMMEMORATIVE/ ...

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APRON
 

APRON

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
13 3/8"L x 11 1/4"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Masonic apron. Cream silk apron with designs made of gold spangles and gold-plated wire. Designs: initials, "M B"; laurel; and Masonic emblem (compass and square). Green laurel (embroidery) below....

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APRON
 

APRON

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COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
19 1/8"L x 13 3/4"W

DATE MADE
late 19th century to early 20th century

DESCRIPTION
Masonic apron. Cream silk apron with designs drawn in pencil. Illustrations include: two pillars with globes (earth on left and astronomical globe on right pillar). At center, a large alter surroun...

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APRON
 

APRON

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
13 3/4"L x 14 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Masonic apron. Cream colored leather with silk edging. Original catalog card describes leather origin as "kid". Masonic emblem at center (the compass and the square) with radiant sun/ eye at top, g...

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APRON
 

APRON

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COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
15 1/2"L x 16 1/4"W

DATE MADE
c. 1843

DESCRIPTION
Masonic apron. White satin apron trimmed with light blue and pink pleating (faded, discolored). Lined with white muslin. Stamped with a number of masonic symbols, including pillars with globes at c...

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APRON
 

APRON

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COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
12 1/4"L x 14"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Masonic apron. White silk (yellowed) with gathered rose silk borders. Decorated with masonic emblems, including the key at top center. Embroidered in gold spangles and fine braid (gold and silver)....

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APRON
 

APRON

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COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
13"L x 12 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Masonic apron. Treated animal skin (white leather) with printed masonic designs. Gathered silk border. Design includes blue, gold, and pink colors, with an eye at top; sun and moon; the ark, the ke...

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APRON
 

APRON

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
15 3/4"L x 17 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Masonic apron. Cream silk apron with printed design and attached strings. Illustrations include: two pillars with globes; checkerboard floor with opened book, page heading "ST. JOHN Chap. X.V."; too...

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
3 3/4"H x 4 5/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass medal in design of eagle with serpent in clutches (Mexican national emblem) atop crossed cannon. Single prong on reverse side for attachment.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 7/8"H x 2 1/16"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Oblong brass plate with scripted letters "BG". Superscript "o" over the "G". Hole on bottom. Two attachment posts with holes on reverse side. Medal is discolored.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 11/16"Dia.

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Round brass plate with figure "3" cut out. Three curved attachment posts on reverse side.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/16"H x 1 11/16"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass plate with figure "15" cut out. Two attachment posts with holes on reverse side.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 5/8"H x 2 1/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Silver-plated shield with figure "10" cut out. Two attachment posts with holes on obverse.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 11/16"H x 2 3/16"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Silver-plated shield with figure "9" in relief. Beveled edges.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 1/8"Dia.

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Round. Design of eagle with serpent in clutches atop cactus (Mexican national emblem). Original accession card lists this artifact as a buckle.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 9/16"H x 4 1/2"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Design of crossed cannon.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/16"H x 1"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Cut-out in design of torch extending from shield.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/4"H x 3 1/4"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Cut-out of eagle and lion.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 3/8"H x 1 5/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Crossed cannon. Torch in center. Single threaded prong on back for attachment.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 5/8"H x 3"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass plate with four holes. Mexican emblem design (eagle with serpent in clutches). Six flags in background.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2"H x 3 3/16"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Design of torch and wings with a helmet and sword affixed. Sword and helmet pivot.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 1/4"H x 1 1/2"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Design of flaming receptacle (Grenadiers symbol).

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/4"Dia.

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Round. Brass. Stamped center design features two spheres labelled "Fieles y Unidos" topped by a crown. Laurel encircles design. Small hole on top for attachment.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
4 5/8"H x 4 7/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Cast in design of eagle with serpent in clutches (Mexican national emblem) atop design of six flags. Large hole in design below eagle. Small hole in eagle for atta...

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/4"H x 4"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Copper emblem with cut-out center hole. Design of flaming receptacle (Grenadier's symbol), flags, and battle axes. "REPUBLICA MEXICANA" inscribed on top. Ends decorated ...

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
5 1/8"H x 4 1/4"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Large cut-out insignia (perhaps a shako plate) in the design of a Mexican national emblem (eagle with serpent in clutches atop cactus). Sunburst with liberty cap above, al...

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
7/8"H x 1"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Cut-out of Mexican national emblem (eagle with serpent in clutches). "REPUBLICA MEXICANA" on overhead scroll.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 7/8"H x 2 3/4"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. cut-out in design of pick axe, shovel, crown and the number "18" in center. Function unknown.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 3/16"H x 1 7/8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Gilded Mexican military buckle. Ornately decorated. Seven drilled holes for attachment.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 7/8"H x 2"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. (Perhaps buckle). Oblong plate. Gilded. Finish wearing. Script letters "BG" inscribed with a superscript "o" over the G. Small hole on bottom of plate.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 1/8"H x 7/8"W

DATE MADE
c. 1917

DESCRIPTION
U.S. military insignia. Pair of U.S. Captain's bars. Bronze. Pin on back sides for attachment.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1 1/8"L x 5/8"W

DATE MADE
c. 1917

DESCRIPTION
U.S. military insignia. Lieutenant's bar. Silver.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1"H x 1 1/4"L

DATE MADE
c. 1917

DESCRIPTION
U.S. army signal corps insignia. Copper pin. Two crossed flags with torch behind.

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
5 5/16"Dia.

DATE MADE
c. 1840s

DESCRIPTION
Cap plate for U.S. dragoon shako. Copper tinged eagle mounted on thin brass (or brass on tin) sunburst background. Two loop posts on reverse for attachment. One post is missing. Two holes on plate...

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
5 1/8"H x 7 1/8"L x 1 5/8"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Heavy brass design of Mexican eagle atop cactus plant. Streamer beneath talons reads: "LIBERTAD MEXICANA". Hole for attachment through eagle's beack. Smaller hole on bot...

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BADGE
 

BADGE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/16"H x 1"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Mexican military insignia. Brass. Cut-out in design of torch extending from shield.

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BANDOLIER
 

BANDOLIER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
33"L x 4"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Masonic sash. Rose moire ribbon with masonic designs. Six masonic emblems embroidered in gold spangles and fine braid. Gold spring tassel fringe at each end. Lined in rust silk. Excellent ...

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BANDOLIER
 

BANDOLIER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
78"L x 4"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Bandolier. Black velvet with white satin stripe trimmed with silver braiding. Lined with green satin. Pencil outline on white satin at chest, apparently of a portion of a nine-pointed star emblem (...

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BANDOLIER
 

BANDOLIER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
76"L x 4"W

DESCRIPTION
Black velvet bandolier with white satin stripe trimmed with silver braiding. Lined with green satin. Silver plated nine pointed star at chest with red enamel cross and the words "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
24 1/2"H x 18 1/2"W

DATE MADE
c. 1840

DESCRIPTION
Masonic banner. Embroidery on white satin. Masonic eye in triangle with aureole in gold metallic thread. Lamb with pink and white pennant lying on red pad (Angus Dei or Lamb of God). Initials in b...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
20 1/2"H x 13 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Religious banner. Purple silk taffeta embroidered in gold metallic thread, sequins, and rhinestones. Depicts the Blessed Sacrament. Flower and leaf design in each corner. Border of overlapping rin...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
a) 60"L x 42"W [5' x 3'6"] b) 51"L x 1 3/8"dia. c) 100"L

DATE MADE
World War II

DESCRIPTION
Banner (a), Army and Air Corps Mother's Club of Houston. White satin field with red satin border and 140 blue stars. The names of the sons and husbands (of the club members) serving in World War II ...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
a) 51"L x 37"W [4'3" x 3'1"] b) 44 1/2"L x 3/8"dia. c) 103"L

DATE MADE
World War II

DESCRIPTION
Banner (a), Army and Air Corps Mother's Club of Texas. White satin banner with club emblem, lettering and design in gold satin (appliqued). Design includes the United States eagle with sheaf of whea...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
a) 63"L x 52"W [5'3" x 4'4"] b) 60"L x 1 3/8"dia. c) 60"L...

DATE MADE
World War II

DESCRIPTION
Banner (a), Army and Air Corps Mother's Club of Houston. White satin field with red satin border. Title (red) at top of white field, "Army and Air Corps Mother's Club". 198 blue stars arranged in 1...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
a) 67"L x 46"W [5'7" x 3'10"] b) 62"L x 5/8"dia. c) 56"L x...

DATE MADE
World War II

DESCRIPTION
Banner, World War II Service - Gulf Coast Firemen's Association. Service banner with red silk border and 212 blue stars arranged in alternating rows (13 rows of 8, 12 rows of 9) on white silk. One ...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
a) 72"L x 51"W [4' x 4'3"] b) 65 1/2"L x 3/4"dia. c) 62"L x...

DATE MADE
World War II

DESCRIPTION
Banner, World War II Service - Gulf Coast Firemen's Association. Service banner with red silk border and 101 blue stars and six gold stars on white silk. Gold fringe at bottom, 2" in length. Three ...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

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COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
60"H x 35"L

DATE MADE
c. 1918

DESCRIPTION
Banner (a) of Local 341, International Association of Firefighters. Dark blue satin with gold fringe along top and bottom. Gold fabric backing. Appliqued in red are words "INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION...

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BANNER
 

BANNER

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
43"L x 70"W [3'7" x 5'10"]

DATE MADE
1877

DESCRIPTION
Military Banner, Lone Star Rifles. Turquoise blue taffeta banner, with painted text and design in gold, outlined in black: "LONE STAR RIFLES./ [design: Laurel wreath with the lone star]/ ORGANIZED NO...

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BOTTLE
 

BOTTLE

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
13"L

DESCRIPTION
Pint bottle of green glass; shattered, marked "American Champagne bottled by L.N. Renault & Sons" with crocheted covering and red, white and blue rosette and streamers.

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BUST

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
33"H x 14"L

DATE MADE
c. 1930s

DESCRIPTION
Wax (paraffin) bust of Sam Houston. Apparently modeled from the famous 1857 photograph by Fredricks. Artist's signature (Gutzon Borglum) appears vertically at neck (base) area.

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BUTTON
 

BUTTON

CATEGORY
COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1"Dia.

DATE MADE
1936

DESCRIPTION
Pin back button. Blue and red on white. "TEXAS CENTENNIAL CLUB 1836-1936". Paper label on reverse reads "WEAVER BADGE & NOVELTY CO. BADGES, BUTTONS AND NOVELTIES Dallas, Texas".

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