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1844 Quarter from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

1844 Quarter from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1844
This quarter was minted in 1844 in New Orleans. It was recovered from the site of the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program, the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. It shows a seated Liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Bottle from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Bottle from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: Unknown
This complete aqua bottle may have once held medicine, either prescribed or patented. It was recovered during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. Time and oxidation have created an interesting white swirling pattern on the surface of the bottle. There was no bottle maker's mark on the bottom to aid in dating the bottle. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Button Blank from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Button Blank from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1945
This small wooden button blank would have been used to create shell buttons, most likely for use on infant's clothing. It was recovered during the excavations at the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. Shell buttons were most popular from the late 1800s until World War II, when plastic buttons began to dominate the market. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Buttons from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Buttons from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: Unknown
These five buttons are among the many that were recovered from the excavations at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program. Descriptions for the buttons are from left to right: a handmade wooden five-hole button with offset holes, it may have been painted; a very small (ligne 14) shell button with a sunburst or floral cut pattern; a metal loop button with a floral pattern; a china red and white calico four hole button decorated in a triad design; and a china blue and white four hole button decorated in a zig-zag design. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Buttons from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Buttons from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1971
These six buttons are among the many that were recovered from the excavations at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program. The two buttons on the left are glass calico buttons showing two different patterns. Next to the calico buttons is a wooden four hole button and a glass two hole button. On the right are two black glass buttons, one with either a "5" or an "S" on the front and the other decorated in facets.


Child's Shoe Sole from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Child's Shoe Sole from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1971
The sole to a small child's shoe was one of many artifacts recovered during the excavations at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeological Training Program. The sole is 4.75" long, 1.75" at it's widest point and 1.1" at it's narrowest. This would be a Toddler's size 5 by today's standards. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Cup and Bottle from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Cup and Bottle from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: Unknown
This bottle, with the cork in place, and metal cup were recovered at the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. During the removal of some of the floor boards, a space was noted behind a wall below. When the stones were removed it was discovered that the space housed this bottle and cup in addition to a broken glass tumbler and a whittled piece of wood. The bottle has no bottle maker's mark to help identify the time period when these items were stored behind a wall in the cellar.


Davis' Vegetable Pain Killer Bottle from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Davis' Vegetable Pain Killer Bottle from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1845-1945
This bottle was recovered during the excavations at the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. The small bottle has molded advertising for "DAVIS' VEGETABLE PAIN KILLER." This popular pain killer was patented by Perry Davis in 1845 and its ingredients included mainly opiates. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Dish with Maker's Mark from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Dish with Maker's Mark from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1850-1861
This fragment of a dish, either a plate or a saucer, was recovered during the archeological monitoring of the Last Chance Store in Council Grove in 2016. On the bottom of the dish the nearly complete maker's mark from potter John Alcock is shown. John Alcock operated his pottery in Cobridge, Staffordshire, England from 1850 until 1861. Additional advertising on the dish notes the piece to be "Imperial Ironstone China." The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Dominos and Dice from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Dominos and Dice from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: Unknown
Leisure time activities are well represented at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove by these two dice, possibly from a board game, and the four dominos. All four of the dominos appear to be handmade. All of these artifacts were recovered during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program at the Last Chance Store. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Earring from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Earring from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1971
This earring was recovered during the archeological monitoring at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove in 2016. The style is called a French Hook with an amber colored glass bead and tear drop pendant. The bottom of the hexagon pendant is faceted. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Eyeglasses from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Eyeglasses from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: Unknown
This nearly complete pair of eyeglasses was discovered at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the excavations at the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school. Both lens are cracked, but complete within their frame. One of the adjustable bows has been lost. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Frozen Charlotte Doll from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Frozen Charlotte Doll from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1920
This nearly complete Frozen Charlotte doll was recovered from the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during construction monitoring in 2016. Frozen Charlotte dolls, a type of china doll, were made from 1850 to the 1920s. The doll takes its name and form from an American folk ballad called "Fair Charlotte" and a poem by Seba Smith called "A Corpse Going to a Ball." In these tellings a young Miss Charlotte's vanity over her party dress causes her to refuse a cloak and this results in her freezing to death on the carriage ride to the party. This Frozen Charlotte doll measures 1 1/4" tall, has her black hair pulled back into a bun or in a snood, has black eyes and eyebrows and red cheeks and lips.


Goodyear Rubber Button from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Goodyear Rubber Button from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1872
This button was among the many that were recovered from the excavations at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school. The black rubber two-hole sew through button has a back mark that reads "N R CO GOODYEAR'S P=T." This is the mark of the Novelty Rubber Company that generally manufactured these type of buttons between 1853 and 1872. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Keys from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Keys from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1971
These keys are just two of the many that were recovered from excavations at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program. The larger skeleton key would have unlocked a door. The small brass key would have unlocked a trunk and was recovered from between the two floors within the store. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Marble from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Marble from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1971
This marble was recovered during the monitoring of construction work at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. It is made of glass with blue, white and red swirls. The marble has some battering damage, perhaps indicating that it was used as a shooter even though it is not a shooter marble size. When it was cleaned it is was noticed that the colors were most vibrant when the marble was wet. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Marbles from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Marbles from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1971
These four marbles were recovered at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the excavations at the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program. Three of the marbles are ceramic and one is made of glass (swirl pattern). One of the marbles carries traces of red and blue hand-drawn lines. The Last Chance Store was added into the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Navy Pin from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Navy Pin from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: Unknown
This blue and white brass pin was recovered from between the floors during archeological monitoring in 2016 at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. The pin was attached to a lapel or pocket by pinching the back flap and the front piece together. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Newspaper fragment from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Newspaper fragment from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1947
This fragment of a Kansas City newspaper was recovered from between the flooring at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program. It lists various movies that were showing at various theaters in September, 1946. Some of the movies featured stars such as Betty Grable or Lionel Barrymore, while others announce there will be cartoons and news. Some movie titles are familiar (The Last of the Mohicans), while others are less so (Tundra). The reverse shows fragmentary news of the day and advertising, including one for Schilling brand pepper. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Porcelain Doll Parts from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Porcelain Doll Parts from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1971
Two doll parts, among several, were recovered from the excavations at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeological Training Program. Both pieces are made of porcelain, but they do not come from the same doll. The foot, possibly clad in a shoe or boot has a shiny glaze. The left hand, with a complete thumb, but broken fingers, is unglazed. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco Tin from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco Tin from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1907-1965
"Do you have Prince Albert in a can?" has been the start of many a joke since 1907 when the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company patented their Prince Albert Crimp Cut pipe and cigarette tobacco. The distinctive red, yellow and white can featured a picture of Prince Albert, who ruled Britain under the name of King Edward VII. This can was recovered during the 2016 monitoring of the restoration at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. Both ends of the can are missing, but the can is in remarkably good shape otherwise. Among other wording the can notes that "Prince Albert TOBACCO IS PREPARED FOR SMOKERS UNDER THE PROCESS DISCOVERED IN MAKING EXPERIMENTS TO PRODUCE THE MOST DELIGHTFUL AND WHOLESOME TOBACCO FOR CIGARETTE AND PIPE SMOKERS." The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Images in 1971.


Quilting Piece from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Quilting Piece from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1971
This piece of fabric has been cut into a half-square triangle quilting piece. It was recovered during excavations at the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. The pink, red, purple and black floral pattern on a light colored background would have made an attractive addition to a quilt. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Serving Bowl from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Serving Bowl from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1865-1882
This base of a serving bowl was recovered during the excavations at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove at the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school. The four pieces were recovered from four separate locations and reconstructed in the Archeology Lab at the field school. The whiteware pieces shows the maker's mark of the pottery of Meakin Bros & Co of Cobridge, England, who used this mark from about 1865 until 1882. The Last Chance Store was added into the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Shield Nickel from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Shield Nickel from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1866
This 1866 shield nickel was recovered during the excavation at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program. It was minted in 1866 in New Orleans and bears a shield on one side with the number 5 surrounded by stars on the reverse. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Teaspoon from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Teaspoon from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1857-1898
This decorated teaspoon would have been a shiny silver-plated piece of flatware when it was in use. It was recovered from excavations at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school. Faint lettering on the back indicate in was likely made by Rogers, Smith & Co AI of Connecticut. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


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