Copper and Wooden Print Block

This week’s artifact is manufactured of copper and wooden, with hand-reduce nails to maintain it with each other.

It measures four-by-three inches and depicts a horse donning a harness. The artifact probably was utilized as a catalog printing block. There is very little to day the block, but it probable is from appropriate about the flip of the 20th century.

Burlington had various leatherworking and saddlery retailers in town about the transform of the 20th century, with SR & IC McConnell’s arguably being the best regarded. Their catalogs however can be uncovered on the online and in collections about the planet. Nevertheless, McConnell’s not only did saddles, they also wholesaled leatherwork, whips, harnesses, suitcases, “horse outfits,” shoe findings, saddle fittings and jeanswear.

Julie Martineau, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018 at the Des Moines County Heritage Center Museum in Burlington.

The organization commenced in 1864, when James McConnell moved from Ohio to Burlington and opened a leatherworking enterprise. He quickly was joined by his sons, I. C., in 1865, and S. R. in 1871, when McConnell improved the name of the corporation to James McConnell and Co. Following McConnell’s death in 1878, the business grew to become a wholesale saddlery and adjusted the identify the moment more, this time to S.R. & I. C. McConnell Co.