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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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
10"L x 5"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican iron bridle bit. Rollers missing from port. Pieces of copper wire wrapped around mouthpiece. Heavy ring curb. Copper rings for bridle. Two dissimilar copper rein chains.

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BIT

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9 1/2"L x 5"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican iron bridle bit. Port bit with copper rollers. Copper rings wrapped around mouthpiece. Several rollers and rings missing. Heavy ring curb. Rein chains fastened with copper brads.

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BIT

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10 1/4"L x 4 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican iron bridle bit. Mouthpiece fastened in place with copper brads. One of two copper rollers in port missing. Heavy ring curb.

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BIT

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11 3/4"L x 6"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican heavy iron bridle bit. Rollers in port missing. Large heavy ring curb. Rings for bridle.

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BIT

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10"L x 5"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican iron bridle bit. Engraved. Rollers in port missing. Large ring curb. Decorative holes in sides of bit.

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BIT

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8 1/4"L x 5 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican iron bridle bit. Engraved. Short port on mouthpiece. Hook for rein chain.

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BIT

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8 1/2"L x 5 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican steel bit. Spade mouth with roller. Rings for bridle. Short section of curb chain still attached.

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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
10 1/2"L x 5 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican iron bridle bit. Copper wire wound around the front of the bit. Copper rollers in port. Large ring curb. Heavy rein chains.

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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
5"L x 5 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican iron bridle bit. Three rows of rollers in port. Large ring curb fastened to bit by small chains. Two rings for reins.

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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
10 1/2"L x 5 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican iron bridle bit. Port mouth. Large ring curb. Rings for fastening bridle. One of two rings for curb chains missing.

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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
10 3/4"L x 7"W

DESCRIPTION
U.S. Cavalry steel bridle bit. Four rings for attaching bridle. Copper roller on port. Curb ring.

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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
8"L x 5 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Iron bridle bit. Mouthpiece with small port bradded to straight side pieces. Six rings for attaching reins and chains.

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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
11"L x 5 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Iron bridle bit. Copper wire bound around port. Ring curb. Ogee curved sides with holes. Several brass studs in holes. Wire rings for attaching reins and chains.

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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
7 1/2"H x 5 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Iron harness bit. Four rings. Port mouthpiece. Curved sides.

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BIT

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MEASUREMENT
6"L x 7 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Horse's bit; iron, with two clips and three rings attached.

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BOTTLE
 

BOTTLE

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MEASUREMENT
various

DESCRIPTION
Broken green glass bottle in 33 pieces (a-ag), including metal wire stopper. Bottle marked: "J.J. Stone Registered Torrington con & oz. Artificial Flavor & Color" and "This Bottle Not To Be Sold". (...

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BRIDLE
 

BRIDLE

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MEASUREMENT
73 1/4"L

DESCRIPTION
Silver trimmed Mexican bridle with iron bit. Black leather. Reins of silver colored metal mesh cords with tassels at ends. Several silver beads along length of the reins and silver caps on the tass...

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BRIDLE
 

BRIDLE

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MEASUREMENT
11 1/2"L x 2 1/4"W (combined)

DESCRIPTION
Piece of bridle; dark leather band (perhaps a headpiece) decorated with eight-pointed stars and rivets in silver; silver end piece forms a 90 degree angle; strap is broken on both ends and in the midd...

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BRIDLE
 

BRIDLE

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MEASUREMENT
86"L x 7/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Bridle reins. Black leather strip broken off at each end. Consists of two strips stitched together end to end with approximately two inches of overlap.

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BRIDLE
 

BRIDLE

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MEASUREMENT
11 3/4 "L (a); 25 1/2"L (b)

DESCRIPTION
Pieces of bridle; dark leather straps trimmed with silver end pieces; 3455a connects to 3455b and contains a buckle; 3455b has holes at the end of the strap for buckling.

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CAR-COUPLER
 

CAR-COUPLER

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MEASUREMENT
7"L x 3 3/8"Cir.

DESCRIPTION
Car-coupler. Heavy iron pin for car coupler. Round head at one end and an eye through the other end. Marked, at top of head, "66". Good condition. Slight wear - pitted.

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JACKET, LIFE
 

JACKET, LIFE

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MEASUREMENT
20"H

DATE MADE
1937

DESCRIPTION
Life jacket. Eight vertical planks of wood held in a gray canvas vest. Two sets of ties in front. Stenciled near front "PASSED / U.S. ASST INSPECTOR / [obscured] VESSEL / NEW ORLEANS, LA / NOV 9 19...

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LARIAT
 

LARIAT

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MEASUREMENT
120"L x 3/4"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Eight plait rawhide Mexican lariat.

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LARIAT
 

LARIAT

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MEASUREMENT
77"L

DATE MADE
1861-1865

DESCRIPTION
Lariat made of braided human hair.

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MARTINGALE
 

MARTINGALE

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MEASUREMENT
42"L

DESCRIPTION
Martingale; dark leather with large silver center emblem containing a five-pointed star in the design; bifurcated front straps trimmed with six six-pointed silver stars; ring at the end of one of the ...

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MARTINGALE
 

MARTINGALE

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MEASUREMENT
5"H x 4"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Silver plate martingale ornament. Image of five pointed star above eagle. Eagle perched on top of a sphere that reads "TEXAS". Border has leaf design and reads "LIBERTY... INDEPENDENCE". Two wire ...

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PAINTING, "Castrillon Awaits Death"

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MEASUREMENT
36"H x 30"L

DATE MADE
1987/1990

DESCRIPTION
Oil on canvas painting depicting General Manuel Fernandez Castrillon awaiting death at the hands of Texan soldiers during the Battle of San Jacinto.

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POT...
 

POT

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MEASUREMENT
5 1/2"H x 5 3/4"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Effigy pot with human face at top. Black and brown painted geometric design.

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POT

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MEASUREMENT
2 1/4"H x 2 1/4"W x 2 1/8"D

DATE MADE
pre-16th century

DESCRIPTION
Effigy pot. Face, torso, two arms. Right proper ear broken. Part of head band broken.

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POT

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MEASUREMENT
6 1/4"H

DESCRIPTION
Piman pottery. Terracotta olla with black designs. Small opening. Inscribed in pencil on one side near the top "28 Mayo 1898" and on the other side "Modesto". Tape label on bottom reads: "Prehistor...

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POT

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MEASUREMENT
6 1/4"H

DATE MADE
pre-16th century

DESCRIPTION
Piman pottery. Terracotta olla with black designs. Bird effigy (perhaps turkey). Head and tail protrusions from opposite sides. Patched with yellow glue. Label: "Found near Corralitos, Chihuahua, ...

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POT

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MEASUREMENT
2 5/8"H x 6 1/4"L

DATE MADE
pre-16th century

DESCRIPTION
Clay effigy pot.. Bird (or fish). Two holes on opposite sides of opening. Bird's head and tail protrude from sides of the pot. Tail is chipped.

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POT

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MEASUREMENT
4"H

DATE MADE
pre-16th century

DESCRIPTION
Tarascan pottery. Oval-shaped bowl with reddish, brown and beige colors in zig-zag patterns. Natural gray clay color on bottom and inside where bowl is worn.

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POT

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MEASUREMENT
3 3/4"H x 6 1/4"L

DATE MADE
pre-16th century

DESCRIPTION
Piman pottery. Effigy pot (possibly bird). Head and tail broken off. Tope-colored clay with black line designs. Head of bird functioned as spout. Three holes along rim. Tape on bottom with note:...

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QUIRT...
 

QUIRT

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MEASUREMENT
31"L x 1/2"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Quirt. Nine metal links wrapped in wire wrapped wire. Rawhide lash.

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QUIRT

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MEASUREMENT
53"L x 5/8"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Quirt. Four metal links wrapped in wire wrapped wire. Rawhide wrist strap. Double rawhide lash.

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SADDLE

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MEASUREMENT
9"H x 7 3/4"W x 5 1/4"L

DESCRIPTION
Saddle horn only. Iron. Four prongs for attaching to saddle frame. Three screw holes on each front prong, two on each rear prong. Numerous weld and repair marks.

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SADDLEBAG

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MEASUREMENT
15"H x 14"W

DESCRIPTION
Saddlebag. One pouch only, other half of conjoined saddlebags is missing. Black leather deep pouch. Leather handle at top. Two leather straps attached to flap to thread through metal buckles on ba...

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SADDLEBAG

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MEASUREMENT
42"L x 15"W

DESCRIPTION
Saddlebag. Two brown leather conjoined saddlebags. Both pouch flaps decorated with tooled criss-cross design. Three straps attached to flap on each pouch to thread through metal buckles on base of ...

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SADDLEBAG

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MEASUREMENT
14 1/2"H x 16"W

DESCRIPTION
Saddlebag. Black leather. Main compartment has two pockets stitched to back face and one pocket with button closure stitched to front face. Traces of cloth lining on back face of main compartment. ...

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SADDLEBAG

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MEASUREMENT
33 1/2"L (outstretched) x 7 1/2"W

DATE MADE
c. 1870

DESCRIPTION
Physician's saddlebag (a). Brown leather with brass trimmings. Two bifurcated pouches for carrying medicine bottles and equipment. Leather dividers in two compartments (b,c) for dividing compartmen...

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SADDLEBAG

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MEASUREMENT
33 1/4" (outstretched) x 5 7/8"

DESCRIPTION
Physician's saddlebag (a). Brown leather with metal fittings. Leather is worn and damaged in several places. Outer flap of pouches are stamped: "ELLIOTT'S PATENT/ GRANTED JAN 18 1870/ A.A. MELLIER/...

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SINGLETREE...
 

SINGLETREE

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MEASUREMENT
4"L x 3"W x 1 1/2"D

DESCRIPTION
Singletree. Center clamp only.

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SINGLETREE

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MEASUREMENT
31"L

DATE MADE
c. 1836

DESCRIPTION
Wooden singletree with iron hardware. 3"Dia. ring at center. Iron hook at each end.

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SPUR

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

DESCRIPTION
Pair of brass spurs; shanks in the shape of a horse's head, small 10-pronged rowel.

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SPUR

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MEASUREMENT
6"L x 3 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Wrought iron spur; engraved design on spur buttons, heel band and shank, eight-pronged rowel.

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SPUR

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MEASUREMENT
6"L x 4 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Iron spur; star-shaped, five-pronged rowel.

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SPUR

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MEASUREMENT
6 1/4"L x 3 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Wrought iron spur with engraved designs on heel band and shank; two spur buttons, one of floral shape; eight-pronged rowel

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SPUR

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MEASUREMENT
3 1/2"L x 2"W

DESCRIPTION
Pair of brass spurs; small rowels with approximately 40 prongs, shanks in the shape of a long-necked bird, ornate engraved designs on heel band, heel tongues for notches inscribed with the word "Deely...

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SPUR

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MEASUREMENT
5 1/2"L x 4"W

DESCRIPTION
Pair of military spurs. Silver. Shanks end in small knob; no rowel. Leather straps.

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SPUR

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MEASUREMENT
3 3/4"L x 2 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Mexican spur; brass with eight-pronged rowel, engraved heel band, and leather spur strap.

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