Whatsits and Whatnots: Bowers Permanent Collection Oddballs

Detail of 2003.50.37 Gift of William R. Moran   Weird and Just Downright Weird As part of an ongoing project to classify the Bowers Museum’s collections, our Collections team has reached many an oddball object that does not easily fall into standard categories. Many more have outlandish or wonderfully rare names. Today’s post is a celebration ...
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To the Trinity and Beyond: Jesus at the Bowers

Pilgrimage Souvenir, 19th Century Jerusalem, modern-day Israel Mother-of-pearl; 8 ½ x 8 ½ in. 31521 Gift of Mrs. John Carruthers Getting a Rise out of Spring Spring is a time of rebirth. Winter’s chill recedes, new flowers bloom and trees seemingly come back from the dead. Branches which for all the world appeared to be deceased are given Lazaran l...
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Shards of Fabric: Crazy Quilts of the Bowers Museum

Crazy Quilt, c.1900 Sarah Ann Hinkley Tucker; Whitehall, Wisconsin Silk and velvet; 60 x 75 in. 80.35.1 Gift of Mrs. Marjorie H. Carr Quilty as Charged One of the earliest, largest, and most-often exhibited collections of Americana at the Bowers is the museum’s collection of quilts, ranging in date from our nation’s independence to the end of the 2...
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Fair Weather Friends: 19th Century Parasols

Parasols, 19th and 20th Centuries Possibly Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944) and Unknown Makers; France and England Wood, metal, silk, cotton and pigments; Various dimensions 32172C, 7992D and 7992A Gift of Mrs. G. W. Pike (32172C) and Irene P. Cutter Memorial Doll Collection (7992D and 7992A) Parasols for Paris Souls The science of selecti...
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They Sold Shell Hearts by the Sea Shore

Sailor's Valentine, late 19th Century Probably New Curiosity Shop (1879-1925); Bridgetown, Barbados Shell, wood and adhesive; 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 1 5/8 in. 2011.25.80 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burton W. Fink From a Whaler’s Heart Despite whaling now being a somewhat romanticized New England tradition, romance was hard to keep alive during multi-year hunti...
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Bowers Museum's Unofficial 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Consul the Educated Monkey, 1916-1918 William Henry Robertson (Educational Novelty Company) Tin; 5 ½ by 6 in. 30780a Gift of Mrs. Anita L. Alexander For a Fistful of Dollars Original 1915 patent for Consul the Educated Monkey. Festive and wonderful as they all are, the holidays can be a time of much consternation when it comes to gift-giving. Espec...
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Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942)

Jar, 1931 Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942); Hano Pueblo, Hopi Reservation, Arizona Clay and paint; 7 x 8 x 4 1/2 in. 36809.3 Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Earl Sanders What the Railway Brought The late 19 th Century’s introduction of the rail to the Southwest was a gift and a curse for Southwestern United States’ Pueblo Territories. The immediate influx of cheap E...
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Crimped on these Jagger Seas

Pie Crimper, c. 1890 Unknown artist (American); North America Sperm whale ivory and wood; 4 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 6 in. 2011.25.15 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burton W. Fink Pies are made all over the world in sizes ranging from large table pies to small palm-sized pies, and for every size twice as many flavors exist. With all the variations, bakers need a way of...
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Imposition of Exposition Exhibition Export Ware

 Two Meiji-era Japanese exposition objects (2017.6.1a-h and 36756) on view  in the Dr. Wan-Lin & Assumpta Kiang Family Foundation Rotunda. Globalization in the 19 th  and early 20 th  Centuries in many cases led to the butting of heads on a national scale, but the conflict served as a fantastic motivator for both art a...
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