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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 1972-1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University). 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 1972 - 1973 field school. It was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The archeological site, along the Santa Fe Trail in Morris County, was the location of the Baker House, which burned in 1862, along with the nearby store, during the murder of A.I. Baker.


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 slides were processed in 1972. The artifact collection, along with these photographs, was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The excavation was undertaken by Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) in 1972. The house was burned in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts.


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.


Bennington Door Knobs from Fort Zarah, 14BT301

Bennington Door Knobs from Fort Zarah, 14BT301
Date: 1864-1868
These two door knobs were excavated at Fort Zarah in 1969 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists. The ceramic door knobs are decorated in a style known as Bennington, after the manufacturer, and show a threaded interior. The fort was a small outpost on the Santa Fe trail in Barton County occupied from 1864 to 1869. The trading post building within the fort, from where these door knobs were located, burned in 1868.


"Brother" Cup from the Adair Cabin Site

"Brother" Cup from the Adair Cabin Site
Date: 1858-1912
This porcelain tea cup, missing its handle, was recovered during excavations in 2014 of the Adair cabin site, home of Reverend Samuel and Florella Brown Adair and their family, in Osawatomie, Kansas. Osawatomie and the Adairs were much involved with the abolitionist movement during the "Bleeding Kansas" years. The base of the cup has the country of origin labeling indicating it was made in Germany. The Tariff Act of 1891 made mandatory country of origin labeling in the United States, though Europe had enacted such laws earlier.


Butcher Knife from Camp Fletcher, 14EL307

Butcher Knife from Camp Fletcher, 14EL307
Date: 1865-1867
Butcher knives were designed primarily for butchering animal carcasses. Though deteriorating rapidly, this butcher knife is essentially complete. It was recovered from Camp Fletcher in Ellis County that was abandoned after a devastating flood. The Army then moved to the present location of Fort Hays. This knife was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2003.


Chinese vase

Chinese vase
Date: between 1920 and 1986
Made in the 20th century, this ceramic vase resembles an amphora of the Tang Dynasty and has a glaze similar to Jun ware of the Song Dynasty. The Vice Governor of the Henan Province in China presented it to Governor John Carlin during a 1986 visit. A sister state/province relationship was established in 1979.


Coffee Mill Hopper from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403

Coffee Mill Hopper from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403
Date: 1867
This coffee mill hopper fragment was recovered from the Village on the Pawnee Fork (also called Hancock's Village) in Ness County during excavations in 1977. Coffee mills are used to grind roasted coffee beans prior to brewing. This hopper fragment is made of cast iron and was part of a manual coffee grinder. The hopper fragment was cleaned by electrolysis, which passes an electrical current through a liquid solution to separate the rust from the artifact. The Village on Pawnee Fork, home to several hundred Southern Cheyenne and Southern Teton Oglala was destroyed by order of Major General Winifred S. Hancock in 1867. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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.


Dinner Plate from the Camp Falington Dump, 14CW338

Dinner Plate from the Camp Falington Dump, 14CW338
Date: 1938-1940
This dinner plate fragment was recovered from a trash dump at Camp Falington, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Crawford County. All CCC camps received their supplies, including this plate, from the United States Quartermaster Corps. The maker's mark on the underside of the plate has an open book picture with the manufacturer's name, and the date and place of manufacture: "The Bailey-Walker Vitrified China Bedford, Ohio 1938." The CCC was a work relief program begun in 1933 that employed young men on environment projects. The men of Company 788 were housed at the nearby camp until it closed in 1940.


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: 1855-1930
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 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: 1855-1950
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 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 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 Security Benefit Home and Hospital Association Dump, 14SH379

Dishes from the Security Benefit Home and Hospital Association Dump, 14SH379
Date: 1919-1950
These dish fragments were recovered from the dump at the Security Benefit Home and Hospital Association in Shawnee County. Shown are a dinner plate decorated with green bands and a dinner plate decorated with green decals and the Security Benefit Association logo. This latter piece has the Warwick maker's mark, a china manufacturer from Wheeling, Virginia from 1887 to 1951. 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: the Osage River Subagency (1837-1844), the Wea and Piankeshaw Baptist Mission (1844-1857) and other occupants until 1909 when the house burned.


Dish Fragments from the Baker House and Store, 14MO701

Dish Fragments from the Baker House and Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These three dish sherds were recovered during excavations in 1972-1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University). They were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. Many of the dishes recovered from the excavations were burned so as to make patterns and decorations unrecognizable, but these three survived in a better condition. Shown, from left to right, is a spongeware dinner plate sherd, where the glaze is applied by a cut sponge, a coffee cup sherd with a popular transferware pattern of red and green flowers with a blue line, and a fancy molded sherd that may have had a blue or purple glaze. The archeological site, along the Santa Fe Trail in Morris County, was the location of the Baker house and store, which burned in 1862, along with the nearby store, during the murder of A.I. Baker. The molded sherd was recovered from the house area while the other two were recovered from the area of the store.


Dish Sherds with Maker's Marks from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Dish Sherds with Maker's Marks from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1881-1885
These two base sherds were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. The sherd on the left has advertising, "SON & HULM/RICHARD ALCO/EM, ENGLA," for the pottery of Richard Alcock of Burslem, England, subsequently know as Wilkinson and Hulme. The sherd on the right has advertising, "WILK/LATE/BUR," for the pottery of Arthur J. Wilkinson, previously known as Wilkinson and Hulme and Richard Alcock. It would seem potters in Burslem, England, had close ties! Constitution Hall 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 the building's construction history prior to renovation.


Dodge City jail key

Dodge City jail key
Date: 1884
Large symmetrical-shaped steel skeleton key. This key, dated to 1884, was reportedly the key to the Dodge City Jail.


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