Catalog of Artifacts from Forest Home

Students washing  artifacts  from trash pit.

Students washing artifacts from trash pit.

In addition to building foundations and a kitchen cistern, McAuley students found many everyday and household items that shed more light on what daily life at Forest Home was like.  They also found items that were unique to Forest Home and relate specifically to Mr. Smith’s business and political life.  Here, you’ll find an assortment of artifacts and found items discovered, sorted, cleaned and cataloged by the students.

Ironstone (yellow ware) Date: 1853-1871 , Use: mixing bowl, Location: Tunstall, England , Staffordshire

No. 170: Ironstone (yellow ware), mixing bowl, Willam Edwards , Ashby Holes, England, 1846.

Ironstone plate,   Maker Elsmore and Foster , Origin : Tunstall, England ,

No. 151: Ironstone plate, Maker Elsmore and Foster ,
Origin : Tunstall, England .

Medicinal  bottle,  aqua , cork stopper, mid 19th c.

No. 79: Medicinal bottle, aqua, cork stopper, mid 19th c.

Spoon handle, silver,  6 cm.

No. 114: Spoon handle, silver, 6 cm. Early 1820-1900.

base of a redware pot with makers mark

No. 169: base of a redware pot with makers mark, “B. Dodge, Portland”.

Keyhole, brass.

No. 132: Keyhole, brass.

Hard whiteware 19th c. 1820-1900 plus

Nos. 4, 39: Hard whiteware 19th c. 1820-1900 plus

Copper wire, 20.32 cm. For use in telegraph experiments with Samuel Morse?

No. 85: Copper wire, with nail; 12 cm. For use in telegraph experiments with Samuel Morse?

Parts of an cast iron stove

No. 119: Parts of an cast iron stove.

Lead Type Set: letter O and spacer. Smith won a printing press as part of a settlement in a libel case.

Nos. 113, 124: Lead Type Set: letter O and spacer. Smith won a printing press as part of a settlement in a libel case.

F.O.J. Smith Jar (2)

No. 24: Brown jar fragment, used for food storage c. 1820-1900.

Kick to a wine bottle 3 cm , base diameter dark green, 6.5 cm, 1821-1852

No. 174: Kick to a wine bottle 3 cm , base diameter dark green, 6.5 cm, 1821-1852

Ceramic knob, used for drawer pull, c. 1836-1846

No. 5: Ceramic knob, used for drawer pull, c. 1836-1846.

Wall feature: brick foundation near library entrance.

Wall feature: brick foundation near library entrance.

Cistern, 68 cm in diameter, lined with lead inside and brick on outside, appears to be inside the mansion.

Cistern, 68 cm in diameter, lined with lead inside and brick on outside, appears to be inside the mansion.

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