The best of last week featured four interesting artifacts with extraordinary stories. An 18th century bottle was featured as an example of available patent medicines in the Ontario region. Turlington’s Basalm of Life was initially created and distributed in England to cure ailments related to the kidneys. In the west, remnants of Salt Lake City’s first prison were discovered in the form of brick, mortar and floor tile. The Sugar House Prison was built in the mid 19th century and named after the adjacent neighborhood that manufactured beet sugar. Canadian Museum of History featured adjustable handcuffs used to arrest Louis Riel in the mid 1880s. The first adjustable handcuffs were patented by W.V. Adams in 1862 and initially used during the Civil War. Crow Canyon also shared an image of Ancestral Puebloan pottery from the Ida Jean site in Colorado. The sherd has typical geometric lines for Black-On-White pottery with possible depictions of horned sheep.
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1. 19th Century Handcuffs- Museum of History, Canada
2. Tiled Flooring- Sugar House Prison, UT
3. Turlington’s Balsam Bottle- Ontario, Canada
4. Late Pueblo II Pottery- Crow Canyon, CO
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