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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BEDSPREAD
 

BEDSPREAD

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
90"L x 66"W

DESCRIPTION
Coverlet. Blue, white, and pink (discolored) bedspread. Alternating patterns. Patterns include checked and interwoven colors. Significant repair, checked gingham cloth, at center. Fair conditio...

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BEDSPREAD
 

BEDSPREAD

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FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
102"L x 82"W

DESCRIPTION
Coverlet. Overshot weaving; woven in three strips, seamed and hemmed by hand. Brown and red wool weft over homespun linen.

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BOOTJACK
 

BOOTJACK

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FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
2 1/4"H x 4 1/4"W x 11"L

DATE MADE
mid 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Bootjack. Cast iron. Scrolled design.

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BULB, LIGHT
 

BULB, LIGHT

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

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

DATE MADE
early 20th century

DESCRIPTION
Electric light bulb. Glass stem. Filament at top and bottom of stem. Marked "W... WESTINGHOUSE-MAZDA."

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CANDLESTICK
 

CANDLESTICK

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FURNISHINGS

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

DATE MADE
early 18th century

DESCRIPTION
Brass candle holder made of bell metal. Curled lip around round base. Height of candle can be adjusted by a handle through a slot in the side of the shaft.

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CHAIR
 

CHAIR

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
18"L (a) and 15 1/2"L (b)

DATE MADE
c. 1898

DESCRIPTION
Two pieces of a wooden chair. Leg (a) and armrest (b). Both have traces of paint or finish. Leg (a) is square at top and tapers towards bottom. Two dowel pegs project from one face at top. Adjace...

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CHAIR
 

CHAIR

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FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
35"H x 17 3/4"W

DATE MADE
c. 1860

DESCRIPTION
Handmade oak chair. Slat-back (three slats). Two rungs on each side between legs. Tongue and groove construction. Rawhide seat (brown cow hair worn in center of seat) attached to frame with rawhid...

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CHAIR
 

CHAIR

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FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
21 1/2"H x 12 1/2"L x 10"W

DATE MADE
c. mid to late 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Child's handmade slat-back chair. Unstained wooden frame. Two slightly curved slats on back. Four round rungs between legs. Original cowhide seat (hair visible in places) attached to frame with ra...

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CHAIR
 

CHAIR

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FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
22 1/2"H x 11 3/4"L x 11 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Child's wooden straight chair. Traces of gray paint on parts of chair. Traces of red and green paint on top end finials and smaller finials along crest rail.

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CHAIR, ROCKING
 

CHAIR, ROCKING

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FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
17"H x 16 1/2"L x 14 1/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Child's wooden rocking chair. Oak, Windsor-style. Joins secured with small nails. Cream paint traces overall. Base of seat fully painted cream.

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CHAIR, ROCKING
 

CHAIR, ROCKING

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FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
48"H x 22"W

DESCRIPTION
Rocking chair. Dark-stained. Windsor type or "turned" chair with "saddle" form, scroll edge seat, and spindle back. Arms have scrolled ends and are supported by two balusters or "lists" on each sid...

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COVER, CUSHION
 

COVER, CUSHION

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
18 1/2"L x 18"W

DESCRIPTION
Cushion cover. Silk, patchwork in various colors, back of brocaded red silk with gold stripes around border.

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COVER, PILLOW
 

COVER, PILLOW

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
18"L x 18"W

DESCRIPTION
Soft pillow top, crazy quilt design of velvet, silk and satin with embroidered designs, including a butterfly, sprays of flowers, an anchor, a sunset, child, dog, and stars and moon. Three-inch border...

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DOILY
 

DOILY

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
6 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Doily. White, Battenburg lace. Sixteen-point star pattern formed around center wheel (2 1/2"dia.) Good condition, slight staining at tips of the star points.

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JAR, WATER
 

JAR, WATER

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
10"H x 11 1/2"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Red ceramic water jar with polished black slip. Indented base. Fluted mouth. Raised band around body with vertical indentations. Two large chips in rim.

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KEY

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
2 3/4"H x 6 1/2"L x 5/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Key, cast iron. Large house key, acquired in Mexico. Original catalog card describes the key as "antique". Good condition. Discoloration.

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KEY

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
3 1/2"L

DESCRIPTION
Metal key. Excavated at the site of New Kentucky, Harris County.

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LAMP, OIL
 

LAMP, OIL

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
16"H x 4 1/4"Dia.

DATE MADE
early 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Clear pressed glass lamp (a) and chimney (b). Lamp (a) has drum shaped reservoir with running flower design, hollow hexagonal pedestal, brass burner, and wick. Chimney (b) appears to be modern.

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LAMP, OIL
 

LAMP, OIL

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
6 3/4'H x 2 3/8"L x 2 3/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Oil lamp (a-c). Whale oil standing lamp. Clear pressed glass body (a). Square pedestal widening at base. Glass column. Brass collar connecting column to square reservoir. Silver-plated collar at...

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LAMP, OIL
 

LAMP, OIL

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
3"H x 3 1/8"w x 1 1/2"D

DATE MADE
20th century

DESCRIPTION
Tin coal miner's lamp (a). Shaped like a pint oil measure. Hinged lid. Hook. Cord wick (b).

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LAMP, OIL
 

LAMP, OIL

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
13"H x 5 1/2"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Whale oil lamp (a) with lid (b). Copper. Mounted on tall stem with conical base. Lid (b) has brass handle.

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LAMP, OIL
 

LAMP, OIL

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
3 1/4"H x 3 1/2"W x 1 5/8"D

DATE MADE
c. 1899

DESCRIPTION
Tin coal miner's lamp (a). Made in the shape of a pint oil measure. Hinged lid. Hook. Cord wick (b).

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LAMP, SEMILIQUID
 

LAMP, SEMILIQUID

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
15 1/4"H x 3 3/8"W x 4 1/4"D

DESCRIPTION
Betty lamp designed to burn fat or grease. Brass. Hinged lid for refueling. Hole for flame. Hook for suspension. Stamped "HENRY BOHER."

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LANTERN
 

LANTERN

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
14 1/4"H x 7 1/2"Dia.

DATE MADE
patented 1928

DESCRIPTION
Oil burning railroad switchman's lantern. Clear glass globe. Top painted green. Bale handle. Reads "HANDLAN... ST LOUIS, USA... PATENTED 3-4-13... 7-10-28... C18783... MOPAC." Clip holds handle i...

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LANTERN
 

LANTERN

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
16 1/4"

DESCRIPTION
Watchman's lantern. Iron and glass; wire guards forming a circular-shaped cage around glass; whale oil burning; top is in the form of a four-sided pyramid and is decorated on each side with a star-in-...

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LANTERN, KEROSENE
 

LANTERN, KEROSENE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
17"H x 5 1/4"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Kerosene railroad lantern. Bail handle. Red glass. "WHITE STAR" on base.

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LANTERN, KEROSENE
 

LANTERN, KEROSENE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
17"H x 5 1/2"Dia (base)

DESCRIPTION
Railroad lantern. Tin with ring handle; clear glass globe; star designs around base and top; kerosene burning.

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MOLD, CANDLE
 

MOLD, CANDLE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
11 1/8"H x 5"L x 3 3/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Candle mold. Handmade of tinned sheet iron; four tubes; curved handle at base; square base and top piece.

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MOLD, CANDLE
 

MOLD, CANDLE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
10 3/8"H

DESCRIPTION
Candle mold (a). Tin; made for six candles; handle is welded to two molds; other four molds (b-e) slide out of base; one white candle with wick is in one of the molds.

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PADLOCK
 

PADLOCK

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
4"H x 3"W

DESCRIPTION
Iron padlock. Badly rusted. Excavated at the site of New Kentucky, Harris County.

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PADLOCK
 

PADLOCK

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
3 5/8"H x 2 11/16"W

DESCRIPTION
Iron padlock. Shield over key hole marked: "VRA Thompson". Badly rusted.

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PILLOW, THROW
 

PILLOW, THROW

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
7 1/4"L x 12"W

DATE MADE
early to mid 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Pillow, throw. Top - hand painted over silk. Painting includes man dressed in breeches and flowing cape, holding laurel and kneeling on right knee. Man is on a highpoint (cliff) overlooking a walle...

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QUILT
 

QUILT

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
75 1/2"L x 54"W

DATE MADE
late 19th century to early 20th century

DESCRIPTION
Quilt, crazy. Pieced of various shaped and colored silk pieces (and threads) sewn together with colored threads in feather stitch. Sewn onto black satin, handquilted. 5 1/2" border. Separate embro...

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QUILT
 

QUILT

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
74"L x 78"W [6'2"x6'6"]

DATE MADE
late 19th - early 20th century

DESCRIPTION
Quilt. Log cabin quilt, barn-raising variation. Pieced in block design with numerous colors. Dark and light colors, arranged to form large squares. Tacked with red wool thread. One patch on backi...

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QUILT
 

QUILT

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
80"L x 100"W [6'8"x8'4"]

DATE MADE
c. 1875

DESCRIPTION
Quilt. White cotton quilt bound with narrow band of green checked cotton material; appliqued in solid red and green checked materials in twenty blocks of the Swamp Lilly pattern; alternating with pla...

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QUILT
 

QUILT

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
77"L x 65"W

DATE MADE
1880-1890s

DESCRIPTION
Quilt, crazy. Patchwork quilt, black stain border with silk and satin blocks. Six pieces include the initials or names of the contributor for the patch: "L S C"; "Ella"; "E I[?] G"; "M"; "K B"; "H.H...

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SCARF, TABLE
 

SCARF, TABLE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
26 3/4"L x 27 1/2"W

DATE MADE
1936

DESCRIPTION
Table scarf. Woven, cream color with a green stripe near the two fringed borders. Fair condition, loose fibers at borders (without fringe). Discoloration/ staining along fold lines.

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SHAM, PILLOW
 

SHAM, PILLOW

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
22 1/2"L x 31 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Pillow sham. Hand made white sham with alternate rows of tiny rickrack, briar stitch and tucking. Border of white scalloped embroidery. Made by Mrs. Cheve Taliaferro, granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Ann...

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SHAM, PILLOW
 

SHAM, PILLOW

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
22 1/2"L x 31 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Pillow sham. Hand made white sham with alternate rows of tiny rickrack, briar stitch and tucking. Border of white scalloped embroidery. Made by Mrs. Cheve Taliaferro, granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Ann...

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STOPPER, BOTTLE
 

STOPPER, BOTTLE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
1 5/8"L

DESCRIPTION
Glass bottle stopper. Excavated at the site of New Kentucky, Harris County.

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TABLE
 

TABLE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
25 1/4"H; 22 3/8"L x 17 1/2"W (surface)

DATE MADE
c. 1830s

DESCRIPTION
Small table. Wood with dark brownish-red stain. Rectangular shaped legs tapered at ends. Wide supports between legs where surface joins. Crude construction. Two large cracks on surface. Scuffs an...

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TONGS, FIREPLACE
 

TONGS, FIREPLACE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
26"L x 4"W

DATE MADE
1830

DESCRIPTION
Pair of iron coal tongs. Hand wrought. Scissor-type. Slight inward curl at tips. Shellacked.

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TONGS, FIREPLACE
 

TONGS, FIREPLACE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
13 1/4"L x 6 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Black cast iron fireplace tongs. Hinged with spring at top. Square curved claws with five tines each. Claws have open heart-shaped design. Stamped into inside face of each claw "1".

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TONGS, FIREPLACE
 

TONGS, FIREPLACE

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
26 3/4"L x 5"W x 3/4"D

DATE MADE
c. 1844

DESCRIPTION
Iron fire tongs.

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WARMER, FOOT
 

WARMER, FOOT

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
6"H x 8 3/8"L x 8 3/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Foot warmer; wooden frame (a) with wire handle for carrying, metal container (b) has holes punched in the top and sides and door on one side for inserting coal.

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WICK

CATEGORY
FURNISHINGS

MEASUREMENT
6 3/4"L x 1/4"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Round cotton lamp wick.

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