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A Clock's Spring Mechanism from 14CT380

A Clock's Spring Mechanism from 14CT380
Date: 1900-1965
This clock's spring mechanism was recovered in 1995 during an archeological salvage project undertaken by Kansas Historical Society archeologists at a Chautauqua County farmstead. The clock spring controlled the wheels to keep accurate time. Such clocks required periodic winding. This mechanism would have been for a mantle or table top sized clock.


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 was 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.


Banded Ware Pitcher from the Baker House, 14MO701

Banded Ware Pitcher from the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This pitcher fragment was recovered from the Baker house in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1972. The collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The small pitcher is banded or annular ware decorated by an applied slip of bands of varying width below a curving band. 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.


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.


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.


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 Handle from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403

Coffee Mill Handle from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403
Date: 1867
This coffee mill handle 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. The handle is made of cast iron and was part of a manual grinder. The broken handle 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 people was destroyed by order of Major General Winifred S. Hancock in 1867. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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!


Decorated Bottle and Jar Fragments from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Decorated Bottle and Jar Fragments from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These three decorated bottle and jar fragments were recovered from the Baker Store in Morris County by an Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. Two fragments that may have been from jars are decorated with molded swirls. The third fragment is from a bottle that once held hot sauce. The molded decorative style is called Cathedral, as the bottle panels resemble cathedral windows. The Baker Store artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house, situated along the Santa Fe trail, were burned in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered at that time.


Decorated Dishes from the Kaw Mission, 14MO368

Decorated Dishes from the Kaw Mission, 14MO368
Date: 1851-1900
These dish sherds were recovered during excavations at the 2018 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Kaw Mission in Council Grove. The dishes are decorated in a variety of patterns including hand painting, transfer printing, and a transfer printing that was deliberately blurred, a hallmark of flow blue patterns. The Mission was built over the winter of 1850 - 1851 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South as a school for boys in the Kaw (or Kansa) tribe. The site was acquired by the State of Kansas in 1951 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


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 Cottonwood Ranch, 14SD327

Dinner Plate from Cottonwood Ranch, 14SD327
Date: 1880-1904
This dinner plate was recovered during the 2002 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Cottonwood Ranch in Sheridan County. The maker's mark on the back of the plate indicates it was manufactured by Mellor, Taylor and Company of Burslem, England between 1880 and 1904. Additionally, the mark notes the plate is "WARRENTED STONE CHINA," a popular advertising phrase of the time. 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.


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 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 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 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.


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