Two new groups of artifacts went up on the database last week, both from collections in southeast Wisconsin–and, interestingly, both from historic sites that were once stagecoach inns in the 1840s and 1850s.
The 16 items now online from the Elmbrook Historical Society range from a sampler stitched by a young girl in Hartford, Wisconsin in 1845 to a monumental desk and bookcase attributed to cabinetmaker Lowell Damon, an early settler in Wauwatosa. The Elmbrook Historical Society loaned another of their important early objects–the Milwaukee coverlet pictured above–to last fall’s exhibition of Wisconsin decorative arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Finest in the Western Country.
The 10 objects added to the database from the Hawks Inn Historical Society also run the gamut from small textiles to large case furniture. One of my favorite peices from Hawks Inn was the “housewife” (rolled sewing case) used by Ammi Doubleday Hawks, son of the founder of the inn, during the Civil War. My other favorite was the cherry side table collected in Portage (below)–I love the animated, animal-like presence of its legs and feet.
Posted by Emily Pfotenhauer.