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.
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.
Originally, the organization occupied a space in which the Lodge Burlington stands now. Later, McConnell moved to North Fourth Street, which now is occupied by McConnell Lofts. The developing was designed by well-acknowledged architect Harry Irvin Godard and built in 1907. At the time, the building was considered to be a “model of present day artwork and architecture.” It continue to stands currently as an intact example of a wholesale house and manufacturing facility from the period of time.
We have a several illustrations of artifacts from S.R. & I.C. McConnell Co., none of which are on display screen at this time. Some others include things like tack, trunks and print blocks.
At this time, all a few museums in our program keep on being closed because of to COVID-19.
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