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  • Object: Sword

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0230l Saber American 1860-1898 Materials: Leather, Metal, Wire This object is a US Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber. This model of saber was used during the American Civil War and the Indian Wars by dragoons, mounted riflemen, and cavalry regiments [...]

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  • Object: Fence

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0010h Fence German San Antonio, TX 19th Century Materials: Metal Vereins Kirche, Fredericksburg, Texas. A replica of an 1847 early church. In modern times it was nicknamed the Coffee Mill for its unique shape. Image by Ernest Mettendorf, via Wikimedia [...]

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  • Object: Mask

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0581c Opera Mask Chinese Unknown date, likely 20th century Materials: Paper Mache and Paint Sun Wukong at the Beijing opera “Journey to the West.” Photo by d’n’c, via Wikimedia Commons. This mask represents a character named Sun Wukong (孫悟空), or [...]

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  • Object: Doll

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0277tt Doll Japanese Unknown date, likely 20th Century Materials: Cloth, hair, Ceramic Chikanobu Toyohara, Foxfires, 1898.The print depicts Yaegaki-hime carrying the helmet of the warrior Shingen as she dances amidst magical foxfires. Image via Wikimedia Commons. This Japanese doll is [...]

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  • Object: Cookie iron

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0099c Krumkake Iron Norwegian Late 19th- early 20th Century Materials: Metal, Wood Krumake panorama in a Minnesota home. Photo by NorskPower, via Wikimedia Commons. This object is a Norwegian krumkake iron.  Not to be confused with crumb cake, this Norwegian [...]

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  • Object: Dance prop

    Oct 01, 2018

    2013.12.1 Dragon dance prop Chinese 21st Century Materials: cloth, paint In western society the thought of dragons conjures up fearful images of large lizards that can fly and breathe fire. Often dragons are perceived as evil and a menace upon [...]

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  • Object: Quilt

    Oct 01, 2018

    2014.5.1 Quilt African American America 1950-1959 Materials: Cloth/Thread/Cotton This item is a quilt from ca. 1950 obtained from the estate of an African-American family living in the San Antonio area.  An appraiser from the Antiques Roadshow verified the date and [...]

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  • Object: Cut Paper Work

    Oct 01, 2018

    I-0068m “Papel Picado” Mexican 20th Century Materials: Paper Every year from September 15 through October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States. The month commemorates “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, [...]

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  • Object: Wedding Dress

    Oct 01, 2018

    2014.7.1 Wedding Dress American San Antonio, Texas ca. 1912 Materials: Cloth, Metal Wedding dresses have been worn by brides for hundreds of years, however a white wedding dress is a fairly new custom. Over time wedding dress styles have changed and not all cultures [...]

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  • Object: Ketubah

    Oct 01, 2018

    2014.3.8 Marriage Certificate (Ketubah) Jewish England 1903 Materials: Animal Parchment, Ink In many cultures around the world, marriage is a major life event that celebrates the legal and/or spiritual union of two people. Marriage ceremonies have been around since ancient [...]

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