Texture was the focal point for last week’s objects on American Artifacts Blog. We start our review with a mysterious token from a site in Windsor, Connecticut. State archaeologists are currently investigating the origins of the copper piece with several symbolic markings. It is uncertain when or where the coin was made or how it got to the U.S. The Pueblo Grande Museum posted a 15th century painted sherd made from Roosevelt Redware. The fragment shows great range in Puebloan design and color. Similar geometric shapes were also prominent on a 20th century, “POISON” bottle. This style was ultimately discontinued following a sleuth of consumers misreading the label. Another example of early graphic design is evident on a single bone handle from Vermont. Based on the date, the delicate lines encircling the tableware were most likely etched by hand. Finally, several fragments of patinated glass were discovered at a 19th century fort in Oklahoma. Patina is common chemical reaction to historic glass after being exposed over a long periods of time. Click images below to see each artifact in its original post.
1. Los Muertos Polychrome- Pueblo Grand Museum, AZ
2. Utensil Handle- Chimney Point Site, VT
3. Patina Glass- Fort Washita, OK
4. Historic Copper Token- Ellsworth Site, CT
5. 1930’s Poison Bottle- Northeast Museum Service Center, MA
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