Stories Behind 9 Tiny Artifacts

Size isn’t everything and these artifacts are here to prove it.

Small can be symbolic. Personal adornments were often used to express taste and wealth, as seen with the pearl bead and copper pineapple charm.

 

Small can also be lethal. One impacted musket balls reveals the harsh reality of war in Ontario and South Carolina.

 

Small can be practical. A single book clasp reveals the universal need to keep pages open in a 17th century church.

17th Century Book Clasp on American Artifacts Blog

Small is in the details. Following the rise of post-colonial consumerism, industries adopt new materials, techniques and colors to produce household goods such as spatterware, etched stemware and Annifield pottery.

 

Click the images below to learn more about our featured posts.


1. 17th Century Book Clasp- Jamestown, VA

17th Century Book Clasp on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/10/04/17th-century-book-clasp-jamestown-va/

2. 18th Century Musket Ball- Ontario, Canada

18th Century Musket Ball on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/09/22/18th-century-musket-ball-ontario-canada/

3. Mississippian Shell Bead- Carter Robinson Mound, VA

Mississippian Shell Bead on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/09/20/mississippian-shell-bead-carter-robinson-mound-va/

4. Annifield Pottery- Ontario, Canada

Annifield Pottery on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/09/21/annifield-pottery-ontario-canada/

5. Pineapple Ornament- St. Mary’s City, MD

Historic Pineapple Ornament on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/09/04/pineapple-ornament-st-marys-city-md/

6. 18th C. Stemware- Fort Edward, NY

18th C. Stemware on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post- https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/08/23/18th-c-stemware-fort-edward-ny/

7. 17th Century Pearl Bead- Quebec, Canada

17th Century Pearl Bead on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/08/08/17th-century-pearl-bead-quebec-canada/

8. Impacted Musket Ball- Aiken-Rhett House, SC

Impacted Musket Ball on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/06/30/impacted-musket-ball-aiken-rhett-house-sc/

9. Spatterware- Leetown, AR

Spatterware on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/06/05/spatterware-leetown-ar/


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