San Jancinto Museum of History

Art and Artifacts

Explore our collections

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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ANIMAL
 

ANIMAL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1"H x 3 7/8"L x 2"W

DESCRIPTION
Painted tin toy insect, possibly a fly. Black head and legs, green body, unpainted wings. Small round hole in back and small tab on each side of body.

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ANIMAL
 

ANIMAL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Tin toy frog painted green.

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ANIMAL, MECHANICAL
 

ANIMAL, MECHANICAL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Tin pull-back lady bug toy. Painted red and black with yellow eyes. Single wooden wheel. Underside reads "LADY BUG", "PATENTS ALLOWED", TO WIND DRAW BUG BACK 2 OR 3 FEET OVER FLAT SURFACE", and "AN...

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ANIMAL, MECHANICAL
 

ANIMAL, MECHANICAL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 7/8"H

DESCRIPTION
Painted lead rabbit sitting upright and playing drums. Bobbing head on spring.

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BANK, MECHANICAL
 

BANK, MECHANICAL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
6"H x 2 5/8"W x 2 7/8"D

DESCRIPTION
Tin toy bank (a) and key (b). Bank (a) painted yellow on a gilt base. Slot, window, and drawer on face. Right proper side is hinged door with lock. Decorated with pink flowers and images of girls ...

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BED - TOY
 

BED - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
10 3/4"H x 14"L x 9 3/8"L

DESCRIPTION
Four poster doll bed with walnut finish. Frame only. Side rails do not appear to be original.

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BED - TOY
 

BED - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
21 3/4"H x 23 1/2"L x 16"W

DESCRIPTION
Walnut Victorian doll bed, including headboard (a), footboard (b), rails (c-d), mattress (e), and five slats (f-j). Headboard (a) has ornate scrollwork and floral medallion. Footboard (b) has circul...

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BELL - TOY
 

BELL - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Toy metal bell with traces of chrome. Bell is solid and does not ring.

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BLOCK, ALPHABET
 

BLOCK, ALPHABET

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Set of seven flat wooden blocks with letters on each side. (a) "L" "Y&Z" (b) "Q" "D" (c) "G" "T" (d) "J" "M" (e) "S" "F" (f) "L" "Y" (g) "O" "B"

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BOAT - TOY
 

BOAT - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
29"H x 31"L x 10 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Wooden toy sail boat (sloop type). One mast with two white muslin sails rigged. Small iron anchor and chain. Hull is painted red, deck and superstructure are painted umber. Painted portholes. "Re...

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CANNON - TOY
 

CANNON - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
2 7/8"H x 5 1/4"L x 3 3/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Iron cannon. Barrel has been painted blue. Wheels are painted red. Carriage is painted black.

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CANNON - TOY
 

CANNON - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
11 3/8"H x 21 3/4"L x 8"W

DESCRIPTION
Toy wooden cannon. Painted black and army green. Metal hook at butt end of barrel. Sticker on barrel reads: "YANKEE BOY CANNON PAT. APPL'D FOR MAN'F'D BY N.O. FAWICK MFG CO. SIOUX FALLS, S.D."

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CANOE, DUGOUT - TO...
 

CANOE, DUGOUT - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
5 1/2"H x 23"L x 5 7/8"

DESCRIPTION
Rough hewn handmade toy dugout canoe.

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CARRIAGE HOUSE - T...
 

CARRIAGE HOUSE - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
25"H x 27"W x 11"D

DESCRIPTION
Wooden toy carriage house with three stalls under second story hayloft with locking doors. House painted with red brick design, white trim, brown columns at front, clock over double locking doors. S...

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CARROUSEL - TOY...
 

CARROUSEL - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
12 1/4"H x 11" Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Painted tin toy carrousel. Floor of carrousel, center pillar, and canopy designed to rotate when lever in base is pushed. Base and canopy painted with red, white, and blue circus motif. Five horses...

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CHAIR - TOY...
 

CHAIR - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Toy straight chair, cane seat, natural color

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CRADLE, BOARD - TO...
 

CRADLE, BOARD - TOY

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
8 7/8"H x 2 1/4"W x 2 1/4"D

DATE MADE
c. 1901

DESCRIPTION
Toy Indian cradle board (a) with baby (b). Carrier (a) beaded with blue design and lined with plaid cotton. Right runner has been repaired near base. Baby (b) is painted ceramic head on wooden stic...

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DIE...
 

DIE

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Ivory die with the letters "T", "E", "X", "A", and "S" on five sides and a star on the sixth.

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
multiple measurements

DESCRIPTION
Pair of kewpie dolls, boy (a) and girl (b). Boy (a) is dressed in balloon-type pants, green jacket and shoes, white collar. Girl (b) is dressed in long waisted pink full dress, white ruffle around n...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
1"H

DESCRIPTION
China doll painted black. Called a "Frozen Charlotte" doll on original catalog card.

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
12"H x 13 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Reversible rag doll. Two doll heads, arms, and torsos joined at the waist. One white, one black. Faces painted on. Black doll has traces of hair and two red bows attached. White doll has painted ...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
9 1/4"H

DATE MADE
c. 1847

DESCRIPTION
Doll made from corn cob and husk. Painted face. Red hair. Long blue band around neck.

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
7 3/4"H

DATE MADE
c. 1847

DESCRIPTION
Doll made from corn cob and husk. Painted face. Purple bonnet. Red band around neck.

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
9 1/2"H

DATE MADE
c. 1847

DESCRIPTION
Doll made from corn cob and husk. Painted face. Red band around neck. Painted buttons.

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
6 1/2"H x 2 1/4"W x 1 3/4"D

DATE MADE
c. 1887

DESCRIPTION
Palmer Cox brownie rag doll after the Brownie Books by Palmer Cox, first published in 1887. Doll has red cap and blue coat.

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
12 1/4"H

DATE MADE
c. 1930

DESCRIPTION
Santa Claus doll. Handmade. Standing. Cardboard body. Wire arms and legs. Painted papier-mâché head, hands, and boots. Rabbit fur beard. Dressed in red cotton coat and hat trimmed in white. Fa...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
15"H

DESCRIPTION
Doll. Boy. Bisque head with painted face and glass inset eyes. "140 3" on back below neck. Leather hands. Blue striped stockings and blue boots stitched on. Cloth body. Shoulders do not appea...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
17 1/2"H

DATE MADE
c. 1883

DESCRIPTION
Doll (a). Girl. Bisque head. Pierced ears. Brown glass inset eyes. Blonde wig. Original bisque hands replaced. White kid body. Writing on back states "Pearl May, 1883, Edith House". Includes...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
11 1/2"H

DATE MADE
c. 1900

DESCRIPTION
"Penny" doll. Bisque head and hands. Kid body. Cloth feet. Blue glass inset eyes. Hinged legs. Brown wig added by Museum. "3200 MS10d" at back of neck. Repaired tear in body behind right prope...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
8"H

DATE MADE
late 19th century

DESCRIPTION
"Penny" doll (a). Bisque head. Brown glass inset eyes. Brown mohair wig added by Museum. Jointed papier-mâché body. "4416" on back of neck. Black boots painted on. White cotton slip (b), bloome...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
16"H

DATE MADE
patented 1909

DESCRIPTION
Doll. Baby. Celluloid head. Blonde wig. Blue glass closing eyes. Composite body. Labeled "K&R 7286/6 GERMANY 38/41" with the ampersand in a Star of David. Described as a "Character" doll...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
24"H

DATE MADE
c. 1930

DESCRIPTION
Doll (a). Girl. Composite head, hands, and feet. Cloth body. Glass gray closing eyes. Crying mechanism. Straight blond wig. Blonde hair eyelashes. Labeled "Handee" at base of neck. Also weari...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
23"H

DATE MADE
1850-1860

DESCRIPTION
Doll (a). Lady. Bisque head, arms, and leg. One leg has been replaced with wooden leg. Painted face with blue eyes, blonde hair, and purple tiara. Black shoes painted on. Also wearing light brow...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
25 1/2"H

DATE MADE
late 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Doll (a). Girl. Bisque face and hands. Glass brown closing eyes. Brown curly hair. White jointed kid body. "JDK" trademark on chest. Wearing white cotton undershirt (b), bloomers (c), white cot...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
3 7/8"H

DESCRIPTION
Doll. Girl. All china. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Called "Frozen Charlotte" doll on original catalog record.

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
30"H

DESCRIPTION
Rag doll (a); hand-made with painted hair and face, dressed in white muslin underclothes consisting of a half-petticoat (b) with eyelet border, pantalettes (c) with lace trim, camisole (d) made of whi...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
27"H

DATE MADE
1879

DESCRIPTION
Rag doll (a). Hand-made with painted face and hair; dressed in white muslin untrimmed camisole (b); pantalettes with lace at bottom (c); half slip with wide eyelet trim (d); white hand-knitted booties...

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DOLL...
 

DOLL

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
11"L

DATE MADE
c. 1920

DESCRIPTION
Baby doll (a) with clothes (b-f). "Bye-Lo Baby". Bisque head with closing eyes. Celluloid hands. Cloth body. Insribed at base of neck "Copr. by Grace S. Putnam MADE IN GERMANY". Stain around ...

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
see below

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll and doll clothes (a-e). Color cut-out from magazine (a). 7 3/8"H x 2 3/4"W. Doll form of a woman in white and pink dress. Color cut-out from magazine (b). 6 1/2"H x 2 7/8"W. Purple s...

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Color cut-out from magazine of a green dress trimmed in ermine. Small tabs to hold item onto paper doll form.

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
3 3/8"H x 2 1/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Color cut-out from magazine of a pink Empire-style dress with white lace. Small tabs to hold item onto paper doll form.

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Color cut-out from magazine of a doll form depicting a young blonde girl in a white shift.

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
see below

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll and doll clothes (a-e). Color cut-outs from magazines. a) Doll form of a blonde woman in white shift. 6 9/16"H x 2 1/4"W. b) White dirndl with black laced bodice and pink apron. 5 1...

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
6 3/16"H x 2"W

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Color cut-out from magazine of a man's double breasted white suit with a green necktie. Small tabs to hold item onto paper doll form. Print on back of piece indicates possibly from the L...

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
6 1/4"H x 2"W

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Color cut-out from magazine of a man's tuxedo. Black tailcoat, white vest , shirt and tie. Small tabs to hold item onto paper doll form.

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
see below

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll and doll clothes (a-e). Color cut-outs from magazines. a) Doll form of a man in clerical garb. 7 1/16"H x 2 1/8"W. b) Black and white cassock. 5 5/8"H x 2 5/8"W. c) White powdered ...

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
5 1/4"H x 1 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Color cut-out from magazine of a man's German-style suit. Cream jacket and pants with gold buttons and gold embroidery. Black boots. Small tabs to hold item onto paper doll form.

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Color cut-out from magazine of a man's green lederhosen with gold embroidery attached to brown knickers with gold embroidery. White long-sleeved shirt. Small tabs to hold item onto pape...

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
6 3/8"H x 1 3/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Cut-out from magazine of a black and white image of a woman in a drop-waist Edwardian-style dress. Woman is holding a book in one hand

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

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

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll and doll clothes (a-b). Cut-outs from magazine. (a) Black and white image of a nanny in a dark colored Edwardian-style dress with white collar and cuffs. Nanny is pushing a pram with a ch...

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DOLL, PAPER...
 

DOLL, PAPER

CATEGORY
RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

MEASUREMENT
8"H x 2"W

DESCRIPTION
Paper doll. Color cut-out from magazine of a lady in a purple Edwardian-style dress and matching hat with white plume. Lady is holding a teacup in one hand and a saucer in the other.

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