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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ADZ

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

DATE MADE
early to mid 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Adz. Iron. Head only.

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BAG, NEEDLEWORK
 

BAG, NEEDLEWORK

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MEASUREMENT
11"L x 17"W

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Bag, Needlework. Gold velvet sewing bag. Gold silk lining has been removed. Opened measurements, 22" x 17 1/2".

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BIT

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

DESCRIPTION
Wrought iron bit.

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BOWL

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2 5/8"H x 5 5/8"Dia.

DATE MADE
1840s

DESCRIPTION
China bowl. Exterior decorated with various animals, flowers, and repeated scene of a couple at a table. Pink flowers at bottom of interior.

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BOWL

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4 1/2"H x 12 3/4"Dia.

DESCRIPTION
Blue and white china bowl. Round. Twelve-sided rim. Central scene has a man and a woman with horse and two dogs in foreground. Musician to left in middleground. Background has people dancing arou...

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BOWL

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4 1/4"H x 6"W x 4"D

DATE MADE
early 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Serving bowl. Originally silver plate. Two handles. Urn shape. Engraved floral design. Stamped on base "COLUMBIAN SILVER CO. ... QUADRUPLE PLATE".

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BOWL

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1 5/8"H x 10 3/8"Dia.

DATE MADE
1846-1852

DESCRIPTION
Bowl. China transferware. Blue on white. Texian Campaignware. "General Taylor in Texas." OBVERSE: Repeated border pattern with Ceres and war trophies. Central scene of two mounted officers, thr...

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BOWL, CHOPPING
 

BOWL, CHOPPING

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MEASUREMENT
2 3/4"H x 17 1/4"L x 9 1/4"W x 2 1/2"D

DESCRIPTION
Wooden chopping bowl. Oblong shape. Good condition, slight staining and wear. Slight crack.

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BOWL, LIBATION
 

BOWL, LIBATION

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MEASUREMENT
6 1/4"H x 10 1/4"Dia.

DATE MADE
pre-1838

DESCRIPTION
Ironstone hospitality bowl. Footed bowl with purple and gold trim. Lettered in gold on side of bowl "Tom & Jerry". Black hallmark stamped on bottom "IRON STONE CHINA... KNOWLES, TAYLOR, AND KNOWLES...

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BOWL, SUGAR
 

BOWL, SUGAR

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

DATE MADE
c. 1841

DESCRIPTION
Silver sugar bowl (a) and lid (b). 22.65 troy ounces. Globular form with a domed foot and incurving pedestal. Pedestal flairs at top to form an averted collar. Body rises to a broad shoulder which...

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BOWL, WASTE
 

BOWL, WASTE

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MEASUREMENT
5 3/4"H x 6 1/2"Dia.

DATE MADE
c. 1841

DESCRIPTION
Silver waste. 18.01 troy ounces. Globular form with a domed foot and incurving pedestal. Pedestal flairs at top to form an averted collar. Body rises to a broad shoulder which continues as a wide,...

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BROADAX
 

BROADAX

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MEASUREMENT
10 3/4"L x 8"W x 1 1/4"D

DATE MADE
c. 1839

DESCRIPTION
Broadax. Blade only. Stamped "HARTFORD CONN STEEL WARRANTED".

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CALDRON
 

CALDRON

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MEASUREMENT
12 1/4"H x 21 1/2"Dia.

DATE MADE
mid 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Cast iron pot. Two handles, each 3"H x 2"W and worn through. Rounded base with three legs, each 1 3/4"L. Marked on bottom "3N. C & N PHILA". Hole worn through rim 5"W x 2"D.

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CALDRON
 

CALDRON

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MEASUREMENT
10 1/4"H x 14"Dia.

DATE MADE
mid 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Iron pot. Round body. Flared lip. Two handles, 4 1/4"H x 1 1/2"W. Three legs. Heavy wear, with loss to one handle. Piece missing from lip 2 3/4"W x 1"D.

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CARD, HAND
 

CARD, HAND

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MEASUREMENT
8 7/8"L x 10 1/4"W

DESCRIPTION
Cotton hand carder. Wooden paddle and handle. Wire bristles set in thick leather pad nailed to paddle. Back of paddle stamped "THE ONLY GENUINE / OLD WHITMORE PATENT / IMPROVED / No. 10 / COTTON / ...

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CARD, HAND
 

CARD, HAND

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MEASUREMENT
8 1/2"L x 10 1/4"W

DATE MADE
c. 1842

DESCRIPTION
Pair of cotton hand carders. Wooden handle and paddle. Metal bristles set in leather pad nailed to paddle. Stamped on back of paddle "THE GENUINE WHITMORE / No. 10 V. V. / COTTON". Cotton still ta...

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COFFEEPOT
 

COFFEEPOT

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11"H x 11 1/2"W x 6 1/2"D

DATE MADE
c. 1841

DESCRIPTION
Silver coffee pot. 32.47 troy ounces. Globular form with a domed foot and incurving pedestal. Pedestal flairs at top to form an everted collar. Body rises to a broad shoulder which continues as a ...

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COMPOTE
 

COMPOTE

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MEASUREMENT
1 5/8"H x 10 3/8"Dia.

DATE MADE
1846-1852

DESCRIPTION
Compote. China transferware. Blue on white. Texian Campaignware. "General Taylor in Texas." Two handles. Repeated border pattern with Ceres and war trophies to rim, outside of bowl, and foot. C...

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COWBELL
 

COWBELL

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5 1/2"H x 4 1/2"W x 2 1/2"D

DESCRIPTION
Shop made iron cowbell. Small bullet hole in one side.

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CUP

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MEASUREMENT
3 1/4"H x 2 3/4"Dia or 4 1/8"W ( incl. handle)

DESCRIPTION
Cup. Silver plate. Sides angle inward toward base. Scroll handle. Tiny band of beading around top and bottom. Repoussť design on front of floral wreath surrounding script engraving: "WPR to WRH."...

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CUP

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

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
White china cup. Broken handle. Gold trim. Floral design with pink and blue flowers. "To My Sister" in gold on the face opposite the handle.

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CUP

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4"Dia. (base) x 4 3/16"H

DATE MADE
c. 1898

DESCRIPTION
Military mess tin cup. Inscribed: US" on the handle of the cup; "Coprl H. Rumler Co. F. 3. N.J. Vol" is lightly inscribed (barely visible) on the side of the cup.

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CUP & SAUCER
 

CUP & SAUCER

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3 7/8"H x 6 7/8"Dia.

DATE MADE
early 19th century

DESCRIPTION
White china saucer (a) and cup (b). Saucer (a) has gold band around rim and center. Cup (b) has gold floral design and reads "Forget me not". Handle broken and missing.

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CUP, COLLAPSIBLE
 

CUP, COLLAPSIBLE

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

DESCRIPTION
Collapsible pewter drinking cup of three sections. "G. M. Russell" scratched on side. "H. H. " and "H. H. C." also scratched on side.

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DECANTER
 

DECANTER

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11 3/4"H x 4 3/4"Dia.

DATE MADE
pre-1837

DESCRIPTION
Tall slender octagonal decanter made of heavy clear glass. Curved handle.

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EGG, DARNING
 

EGG, DARNING

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MEASUREMENT
8"L

DATE MADE
19th century

DESCRIPTION
Darning egg-crafted gourd. Good condition.

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FORK

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MEASUREMENT
6"L

DESCRIPTION
Fork. Metal. Three tines. Cover pieces of handle are missing. Badly corroded. End of handle broken off.

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FORK, DESSERT
 

FORK, DESSERT

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MEASUREMENT
6 7/8"L

DESCRIPTION
Dessert fork. Sterling. Fiddleback. Engraved in script on back: "Allen." Stamped on neck: "E. A. Tyler/ N.O." No hallmarks.

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FORK, DESSERT
 

FORK, DESSERT

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MEASUREMENT
6 7/8"L

DESCRIPTION
Dessert fork. Sterling. Fiddleback. Engraved in script on back: "Allen." Stamped on neck: "E. A. Tyler/ N.O." No hallmarks.

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FORK, DINNER
 

FORK, DINNER

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MEASUREMENT
7 7/8"L

DATE MADE
1884

DESCRIPTION
Dinner fork. Sterling silver dinner fork. "Wave Edge" pattern, Tiffany & Co., 1884. Engraved script "BSK" on top of handle, monogram of Belle Sherman Kendall, eldest daughter of Gen. Sidney Sherman...

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FORK, DINNER
 

FORK, DINNER

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MEASUREMENT
8 5/8"L

DESCRIPTION
Dinner fork (a). Large silver plate fork. Handle and back are decorated with classical shell, fan and scroll motifs. Flatware roll (b). Navy blue felt stitched with turquoise thread. black recta...

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FORK, DINNER
 

FORK, DINNER

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

DATE MADE
c. 1838-1842

DESCRIPTION
Silver fork. Fiddleback. Engraved on handle "J.G. Tod." Line of five unidentified hallmarks on reverse.

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FORK, DINNER
 

FORK, DINNER

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MEASUREMENT
8"L x 1 1/8"W

DATE MADE
c. 1836

DESCRIPTION
Silver table fork. Four tines. Fiddleback. Engraved in script on reverse of handle "San Jacinto S".

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FORK, LUNCHEON
 

FORK, LUNCHEON

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MEASUREMENT
7 3/8"L

DESCRIPTION
Luncheon fork. Sterling. Fiddleback. Engraved in script on back: "Allen." Stamped on neck: [P][*][S] and "E. A. Tyler/ N.O."

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FORK, LUNCHEON
 

FORK, LUNCHEON

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MEASUREMENT
7 3/8"L

DESCRIPTION
Luncheon fork. Sterling. Fiddleback. Engraved in script on back: "Allen." Stamped on neck: [P][*][S] and "E. A. Tyler/ N.O."

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FORK, LUNCHEON
 

FORK, LUNCHEON

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MEASUREMENT
7 1/4"L x 1"W

DATE MADE
c. 1838-1842

DESCRIPTION
Silver fork. Fiddleback. Engraved on handle "J.G. Tod." Line of five unidentified hallmarks on reverse.

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FORK, SARDINE
 

FORK, SARDINE

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5 1/4"L

DATE MADE
1904

DESCRIPTION
Sardine fork. Sterling silver. Gold wash on top and bottom of five-tined bowl. Engraved "K" on top of handle. Hallmark reads "[Unger Brothers Logo]/STERLING"

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FROE

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18"H x 15"W x 2 3/4"D

DATE MADE
c. 1854

DESCRIPTION
Froe. Cast iron blade. Rust and heavy wear to blade. Blade shellacked. Wooden handle. Original catalog card describes as "handle restored". Appears to be a modern replacement.

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GAUGE, MARKING
 

GAUGE, MARKING

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

DESCRIPTION
Carpenter's marking gauge. Sliding block held in place with wooden thumbscrew. Crack in sliding block. Minor wear.

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GAUGE, MARKING
 

GAUGE, MARKING

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

DATE MADE
mid 19th century

DESCRIPTION
Carpenter's gauge. Black walnut with brass hardware. Hexagonal shaft made from three joined pentagonal strips of wood. Scales down three faces of shaft. Brass plate with nub at one end of each sca...

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HATCHET
 

HATCHET

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MEASUREMENT
6 3/4"L (blade) x 12 3/4"L (handle)

DESCRIPTION
Hatchet, 4 1/2" blade with imprint, near hammer head: "J.M. VICAR/ CAST STEEL". Blade has two nail pullers and a hammer head; blade is riveted (two copper rivets) to hickory handle.

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HOOK, REAPING
 

HOOK, REAPING

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MEASUREMENT
8 3/4"L

DESCRIPTION
Iron reaping hook for cotton, with wooden handle. Original catalog card notes, "The crooked hook was used to dig into cotton baling on a bale of cotton, for easier handling."

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HORSESHOE
 

HORSESHOE

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MEASUREMENT
9"L x 7 1/2"W

DESCRIPTION
Iron horseshoe. Two nails still attached.

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HORSESHOE
 

HORSESHOE

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MEASUREMENT
4 1/4"L x 4 7/8"W

DESCRIPTION
Horseshoe. Badly rusted.

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IRON, PINKING
 

IRON, PINKING

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MEASUREMENT
4"L

DESCRIPTION
Pinking iron. Size imprinted on iron, "7/8". Fair condition. Slight to moderate rust.

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IRON, PINKING
 

IRON, PINKING

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MEASUREMENT
3 5/8"L

DESCRIPTION
Pinking iron. Size imprinted on iron, "5/8". Fair condition. Slight chip. Slight to moderate rust.

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IRON, WAFFLE
 

IRON, WAFFLE

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a) 7"dia. (pans) x 6 1/2"L (handle) b) 8 1/4"dia. x 6 1/4"L...

DATE MADE
patented 1880

DESCRIPTION
Iron, Waffle. Cast-iron waffle iron (a) with stand (b). Two round waffle pans, with diamond and circular shaped pattern, hinged together with flexible handle. Pans labeled, on the exterior, "G.F. F...

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KIT, MESS
 

KIT, MESS

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MEASUREMENT
1 1/2"H x 6 3/4"L x 9"W (closed)

DESCRIPTION
Mess kit (a-b). Aluminum. Oval tin. Lid (a). Etched on lid: "LESS WE FORGET OUR SHIPMATES." Underneath is image of wreath surrounding tilted cross. Underneath that is image of naval cruiser. Be...

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KIT, MESS
 

KIT, MESS

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MEASUREMENT
7 7/8"L

DATE MADE
c. 1898

DESCRIPTION
Military mess kit. Consists of plate (a) with ring affixed to underneath edge, and a plate (b) with a handle, which was used to hold the two halves together; plate with the handle has the is inscribe...

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KIT, MESS
 

KIT, MESS

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MEASUREMENT
7 3/4"L (a); 8 9/16"L (b); 7 1/2"L (c)

DATE MADE
c. 1898

DESCRIPTION
Military mess kit consisting of spoon (a), knife (b) and fork (c); each inscribed with "U.S."; black paint is visible on the handle of the knife and fork.

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KIT, MESS
 

KIT, MESS

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MEASUREMENT
5"H x 3"(dia)

DATE MADE
c. 1837

DESCRIPTION
Camp table kit; leather hinged case (a) contains ivory salt and pepper shakers (b-c) with end piece lid (i) [(c) and (i) are not labeled on the object]; folding silver spoon (d), fork (e), and knife (...

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