Antiques & Fossils

Cello In Germany ---John Woodbury, aged about 65 years, formerly of this place, but for the last five years residing at Keene, N. H., was found dead on Monday morning, in the work-room of George Kingsbury's boot and shoe store at Keene, where he had slept for a few nights before. His death was probably caused by exposure and want of food, he having eaten but two meals during...
A Relic of Olden Times.---We have in our possession an Indian Hatchet, which was found by Mr Pender, some days ago, while working on the new road to the West Village. It is very old, and half eaten up with rust. The hole for the admission of the handle is disproportionately large; and whether it is a relic of the red men or not, it is a decided curiosity,...
Fragment of Local History. There was noticed at the Centennial Exhibition of last week in this village, a Bible 145 years old, belonging to C. C. Frost, containing in the record two items of history not very well known, and as having taken place in old times in this vicinity. The first is the record of the birth and marriage of Col. John Sargeant, the first white male citizen...
Antique Festival.---The members of Rev. D. W. C. Huntington's Society, (Methodist,) held their annual Festival at the Town Hall, on Thursday evening of last week. It was in most respects a happy representation of olden time---days that are hallowed in the memories of the middle aged by their genuine and hearty, though home-bred, hospitality. The table was loaded to repletion and with "biled vittles" served on pewter platters, tin...
An Interesting Relic. To the Editor of the Vermont Phoenix: In the "History and Description of New England" it is stated that "Fairbank Moore and his son" were among the first settlers of Brattleboro; that they were both killed by the Indians at the West River Meadows, and the wife and daughter of the son were carried into captivity. My paternal grandfather, of Townshend, was wounded in the battle...
_____________________________________________________________________________ This powder horn has the carving, "Success to the Sons of Liberty," with "Joshua Davis his Horn" and "Brattelborough" in the old colonial Cumberland County, New York, and is also inscribed for "October __ 1776." Ensign Joshua Davis was born March 1, 1750 in Barre, Massachusetts to Nathaniel Davis and Susanna Lane, who later settled in Rockingham, Vermont. Joshua was a physician who moved to Newfane around 1779,...
According to family tradition, Olive was paid for several days' worth of weaving with this pitcher, which she almost smashed in disgust at her small reward. The English black glazed redware pitcher was exhibited at the Centennial Antiques Show in Brattleboro, and is presently at the Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. _____________________________________________________________________________ The Ladies' Centennial Entertainment. Not disheartened by snow, rain and bad travelling, last Tuesday, preparations for the...
Brattleboro Violins. An Interesting Letter About William A. Conant, Who Has Made Violins Here For Almost Sixty Years. In a quaint, white-painted cottage on Canal street, in front of which stand three or four shapely maples, lives William A. Conant, in his 83d year. He is an unpretentious but interestingly jolly old gentleman, who has won more than local celebrity as a practical violin manufacturer, and is believed to...
The Cardiff Giant. The original Cardiff giant is now on exhibition in this village at the room recently occupied by the bank in the Revere House, corner of Elliot and Main streets, and will remain on exhibition the remainder of the week. An opportunity is thus afforded the public of viewing this wonderful petrifaction--or what is it? Vermont Phoenix, May 26, 1871. ________________ The petrified man extracted from the...
Brattleboro's First Ballot Box. A Bit of History of the Time When It Was Probably First Used. A square ballot box, neatly made of cherry, said to have been the first one ever used in this town, has been very kindly and thoughtfully presented by Mr. A. B. Butterfield of Boston to Col. Francis Goodhue for the Brooks library, and is to be placed in the museum. It has...
Wooly mammoth once roamed the hills north of the present Whetstone Brook. There is a fossil tusk from a young mammoth now on display in the third floor hallway of the Brooks Memorial Library. James Stanford Morse discovered this tusk on September 2, 1865 while digging in a peat bog for its owner, Daniel Stewart Pratt. Mammoth Tusk Pond This peat bog lay in what was still called "Blake's...
Bushnell's Relics Going to N.Y. Fair--- Old Weights, Measures To Be Exhibited in City Building. Brattleboro will be represented at the New York World's Fair this summer with an exhibit of century-and-a-half-old weights and measures lent by Jason E. Bushnell, it was learned yesterday. The exhibit will be placed in the New York City building inasmuch as Vermont this year has no exhibit. The articles are now being prepared...
The Antiques. Some of the Interesting Things of Old Days--- A New Department Most Successfully Inaugurated. A novel feature introduced this year as an experiment is the Department of Antiques. Here is found old furniture, silver, crockery, etc., some of the articles of historical interest and some being rare on account of great age. In this department F. W. Stowe, General agent Mutual Reserve Fund Life Association shows a...
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