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A Cup and a Bowl from the Baker House, 14MO701

A Cup and a Bowl from the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This reconstructed cup and bowl was found in pieces during excavations in 1972 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) field school. The bowl has a red, black and green floral design, though difficult to see. The handless cup has a red, white and blue linear pattern. Both dishes were reconstructed by students at the field school. They were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Artifacts from the Excavations at the Baker House, 14MO701

Artifacts from the Excavations at the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1972
Shown are five views of cleaned and reconstructed artifacts from the excavations at the Baker house in Morris County. Shown are a tablesetting, smoking pipes, a tintype frame, a bowl and pitcher, and a grouping of scissors, needle, thimble, and lens from a pair of spectacles. The artifact collection, along with these photographs, was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The excavation was undertaken by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) in 1972. The Baker house and nearby store were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Banded Ware Dishes from Constitutional Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Banded Ware Dishes from Constitutional Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1930
Shown are examples of banded ware or annualarware decorated dishes. They were recovered from Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. The building was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Banded Ware from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Banded Ware from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These decorated whiteware sherds were recovered from the Baker store in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. The three rim and body sherds are decorated with banded or annular ware by using a slip applied in bands of varying width and colors. These sherds were among the few from the site that were broken, but not burned. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


C. and W. K. Harvey Maker's Mark from Fort Zarah, 14BT301

C. and W. K. Harvey Maker's Mark from Fort Zarah, 14BT301
Date: 1864-1869
This plate or platter fragment was excavated at Fort Zarah in 1972 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists at the site of the original fort building. The dish was manufactured by C. and W. K. Harvey of Longton, England, between c. 1835 and 1852. The fort was a small military outpost on the Santa Fe trail in Barton County.


Candy Dish from Cottonwood Ranch, 14SD327

Candy Dish from Cottonwood Ranch, 14SD327
Date: 1878-1900
These candy dish fragments were recovered in during the 2002 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Cottonwood Ranch in Sheridan County. The dish was reconstructed and archeologists were able to identify the material as slag glass, an opaque pressed glass with a swirling color pattern. Purple and white swirls, like the one on this candy dish, were the most popular color. The ranch was established by Abraham Pratt from Yorkshire, England, in 1878 to raise sheep. Pratt's son, John Fenton Pratt and his family continued to raise sheep at the ranch until 1904. Cottonwood Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a State Historic Site.


Candy Dish from the Plaster House, 14GY307

Candy Dish from the Plaster House, 14GY307
Date: 1879-1899
These candy dish fragments were excavated at the Plaster House site in Gray County, possibly a late 19th- or early 20th-century dugout. The fragments were reconstructed in the archeology lab. The dish is decorated in etched floral and cut linear patterns. The occupants of the dugout were most likely the family of Oliver and Anna Mitchell; Oliver Mitchell was described in his obituary as a horse rancher. Settlement in this area of Kansas mostly post-dated the construction of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1872 and experienced a boom during with the construction of the Soule Canal in the mid-1880s.


Containers from 14JW311

Containers from 14JW311
Date: 1000-1500 CE
These three sherds were collected from an archeological site in Jewell County that had materials from the Middle Ceramic period, such as the two ceramic sherds with cord marked surface treatment shown here, and a small scattering of historic artifacts from the surface, like the amethyst cut glass sherd. All three artifacts served as containers in their time and illustrate that styles may change, but functions do not always do so!


Depression Glass Dish from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372

Depression Glass Dish from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372
Date: 1920-1939
This dish was collected in three fragments from the Plowboy site in Shawnee County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2017. The donor reconstructed the depression glass dish with handle prior to donating the artifact. Depression glass was a mass produced, low quality glassware and pink was a very popular color in the 1920s and 1930s. The Plowboy site was home to the Kansa, the Potawatomi, and Euro-Americans. At various times, the site contained a farm, a trading post, and a post office with nearby military trails, Mormon routes, a railroad and the California-Oregon trail.


Dishes from 14LV334

Dishes from 14LV334
Date: 1830-1930
These 12 dish sherds were among the many collected from a multicomponent site overlooking the Missouri River in Leavenworth County. There are six rim sherds, one base sherd and five body sherds. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including dish sherds decorated with hand painting, shell-edge, annular ware, transfer printing, called transferware, and by sponging with color, called spongeware. The site, with occupations in the Middle Ceramic and Historic periods, may have once been a Kickapoo habitation site in addition to later habitations.


Dishes from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Dishes from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1970
These tea cup and dish sherds were recovered from excavations at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including glass dish sherds with swirled patterns and whiteware dish sherds with solid colors, hand painted, and decorated by transfer printing, called transferware. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Dishes from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Dishes from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1950
These six dish sherds were excavated at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including dish sherds with gold bands near the rim, hand painted sherds, two different molded patterns and sherds that were decorated by transfer printing, called transferware. The building was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Dishes from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Dishes from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1930
These dish sherds are just a few of the many recovered from Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. The sherds shown here all have floral patterns made by hand painting or transferware. Some have additional molded decoration or gold trim. The building was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Dishes from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Dishes from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1950
These dish sherd were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including dish sherds with solid colors, decorated in a pattern called shell edged, flow blue, and hand painted sherds. Additionally, sherds were recovered that were decorated by transfer printing, called transferware, and by sponging with color, called spongeware. The building was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Dishes from Cottonwood Ranch, 14SD327

Dishes from Cottonwood Ranch, 14SD327
Date: 1878-1978
These dish fragments were recovered during the 2002 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Cottonwood Ranch in Sheridan County. Shown are fragments of cups, dish, and creamer fragments. Two sherds are decorated with an annual ware style, with concentric lines around the vessel edge. Four sherds have hand painted floral designs, common throughout the 18th- and 19th-centuries. Three sherds are transfer decorated, where the pattern is printed on paper and placed on the dish. During firing of the piece the paper is burned away, but the pattern remains. The ranch was established by Abraham Pratt from Yorkshire, England, in 1878 to raise sheep. Pratt's son, John Fenton Pratt and his family continued to raise sheep at the ranch until 1904. Cottonwood Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a State Historic Site.


Dishes from the 102 Steel Point Site, 14MO414

Dishes from the 102 Steel Point Site, 14MO414
Date: 1847-1874
These 10 dish fragments were recovered from a site in Morris County during a 2006 survey by a Kansas Historical Society archeologist and Kansas Anthropological Association volunteers. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including dish sherds that were hand painted, decorated by transfer printing, called transferware, and by sponging with color, called spongeware. The site had multiple occupations from the Archaic period to the late 1800s. The site may have been one of three Kansa sites along the Neosho River.


Dishes from the Adair Cabin Site, 14MM327

Dishes from the Adair Cabin Site, 14MM327
Date: 1855-1912
These dish fragments were just a few of those that were recovered during excavations at the Adair cabin site, home of Reverend Samuel and Florella Brown Adair and their family, in Osawatomie, Kansas. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site during excavation including these floral transferware sherds, decorated by transfer printing. The site was excavated in 2014 during the Kansas Archeological Training Program field school. Osawatomie and the Adairs were much involved with the abolitionist movement during the "Bleeding Kansas" years.


Dishes from the Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Dishes from the Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1950
These dish sherds were collected during excavations at Constitution Hall. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including dish sherds that were decorated by transfer printing, called transferware, decorated by sponging with color, called spongeware and decorated by hand painting. The site served as the seat of the Kansas Territorial government in 1857 and 1858. The constitutional convention that drafted the Lecompton Constitution also met here. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace the building's construction history prior to renovation.


Dishes from the Jacob Creek Site, 14CS701

Dishes from the Jacob Creek Site, 14CS701
Date: 1880-1940
These dish fragments were recovered from a farmstead in Chase County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2005. Shown are saucers, cups and plates decorated by transfer printing, called transferware in floral or banded patterns and by hand painted floral patterns. The site was excavated in 1980 during the Emporia State University's archaeological field school.


Dishes from the Jotham Meeker Farmstead, 14FR308

Dishes from the Jotham Meeker Farmstead, 14FR308
Date: 1845-1865
These dish fragments were recovered from the Jotham Meeker farmstead site in Franklin County. They are decorated in red floral and scenic patterns by transfer printing, a process by which a design is transferred from an engraved metal plate onto the pottery, creating a ware called transferware. The partial maker's mark on the back of the sherds names Henderson and Gaines of New Orleans, agents for the Davenport Pottery in Staffordshire, England from 1836 to 1866. The site was excavated in 1985 at a Kansas Archeology Training Program field school. Jotham Meeker served as a Baptist missionary among the Ottawa on their reservation.


Dishes from the Security Benefit Home and Hospital Association Dump, 14SH379

Dishes from the Security Benefit Home and Hospital Association Dump, 14SH379
Date: 1919-1950
These two dish fragments were recovered from the dump at the Security Benefit Home and Hospital Association in Shawnee County. Shown are a saucer with a floral transferware pattern and a relish dish made of yellow/canary depression glass. This dish has a molded floral and scrollwork pattern on the base. Security Benefit Home and Hospital Association, begun in 1916, eventually included a hospital, a cooperative farm, a school, a hotel, and provided homes for orphans and the elderly.


Dishes from the Wea Mission, 14MM322

Dishes from the Wea Mission, 14MM322
Date: 1837-1857
These dish sherds were recovered from the Wea Presbyterian Mission in 1997 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and crew. Though the dish sherds are often quite small, a wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including dish sherds with molded patterns, patterns created by transfer printing, called transferware, and by sponging with color, called spongeware. The excavations revealed foundations for the Mission house, a spring house, and an outbuilding in addition to a filled in well. The Wea Mission (1834-1837) changed functions over time: it served as the Osage River Subagency (1837-1844), the Wea and Piankeshaw Baptist Mission (1844-1857) and then had other occupants until 1909 when the house burned.


Dish Fragments from the Baker House, 14MO701

Dish Fragments from the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These decorated dish fragments were recovered during excavations at the Baker house in Morris County, undertaken by Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1972. Decorative styles shown are sponge ware, banded ware, and hand-painted floral. They were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Dish Maker's Marks from the Hollenberg Pony Express Station, 14WH316

Dish Maker's Marks from the Hollenberg Pony Express Station, 14WH316
Date: 1857-1941
These dish fragments were recovered from the 1991 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Hollenberg Pony Express Station in Washington County. Each has a partial maker's mark on its base. Pottery marks shown are Knowles, Taylor, and Knowles Company of Ohio (1870-1931), Thomas Furnival and Sons of England (1871-1890), and either Thomas Hughes or Thomas Hughes and Son, also of England (1856-1957). The site was the location of a Pony Express station, a stop on the Oregon-California trail, a post office, a blacksmith shop, and a farm with barns and other outbuildings. The site was purchased by the Kansas Legislature in 1941 and is in the National Register of Historic Places.


Dish Sherds from the Plaster House, 14GY307

Dish Sherds from the Plaster House, 14GY307
Date: 1879-1899
These two dish sherds were recovered from excavations at the Plaster House site, a dugout in Gray County. The cup sherd is decorated with transferware printing in a brown floral pattern. The purple pressed glass dish sherd was made by pressing molten glass into a mold. The occupants of the dugout were most likely the family of Oliver and Anna Mitchell; Oliver Mitchell was described in his obituary as a horse rancher. Settlement in this area of Kansas mostly post-dated the construction of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1872 and experienced a boom during with the construction of the Soule Canal in the mid-1880s.


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