Scythe blade, painted black

Scythe blade, painted black

Date: 1912 - 1913
Creator: unknown
Description: Scythe blade, painted black
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Unidentified Cowboys]

[Unidentified Cowboys]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of two unidentified men dressed in cowboy outfits. Back of photo is stamped with the Oxford Bookship - 1215 Anacapa Street - Santa Barbara, Ca. logo. Photo is from the William Blackshear collection, which was donated to the Palestine Public Library.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Booklet containing cures for various conditions, 1784-1823]

[Booklet containing cures for various conditions, 1784-1823]

Date: 1784/1823
Creator: unknown
Description: Various efficient cures and remedies for diseases and cattle plagues taken from newspapers.
Contributing Partner: The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
[Unidentified House]

[Unidentified House]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an unidentified house thought to have been located in Palestine, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Cylinder tape measure]

[Cylinder tape measure]

Date: 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: Cylinder tape measure with the top and bottom painted maroon in the center of the top is a brass folding flush handle which extends to the other side and looks like a button. The edge is painted gold and has a square opening with two cylinder posts that help the linen tape pull out. The tape is supposed to be 100ft long, but the 1st two inches have been torn off. The linen is yellow and is divided into feet, inches and fourths. Each foot starts over with 1 and instead of a 12 written in red is a F1, F2, F3, etc. Other than that, all lettering is in black. On both sides of the opening for the tape are stamps, on the right upside down is Lufkin / Made in the USA; on the left upside down is 100FT.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Stock and die]

[Stock and die]

Date: 1890
Creator: unknown
Description: The stock of the die is rectangular shaped with two long handles that come out opposite sides. One handle is part of the rectangle while the other screws on to tighten or loosen the five dies inside the stock. The rectangular part of the stock has a 10.5 cm X 2.7 cm rectangular opening into which the dies fit. On the dies are several engraved numbers. A 7 is marked at the top of all five dies and on the 1st,3rd,4th and 5th are marked 10, 12,14,16. Above the die is a stamp: BUTTERFIELD & CO DEP BY LINE, V1. ROCK ISLAND. P.a Below them is written: No 32 B.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Soldering iron]

[Soldering iron]

Date: 1895
Creator: unknown
Description: Soldering iron with a copper plated head, four sided with a pyramid point, with an octagonal body of head. At the back of the head there is a long painted black iron neck that has been inserted into the head. The neck ends in a point. The wooden handle is removable and fits over the pointed end of the neck. It is a turned handle that split in half and been repaired with black electrical tape. There is also metal wire wrapped around the base of the handle where the split originated. Three nails are inserted up into the base of the handle around the hole for the neck.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Nutcracker tool]

[Nutcracker tool]

Date: 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: The basic shape is a T of the nutcracker. The top part of the T is the actual nut cracking contraption. It is set up similar to a vice with a T-shaped handle that screws. The socket through which the handle screws has OIL written in relief lettering. Underneath the place for the nut , written in relief is Patented / Perfection Nut Cracker. On the exact opposite side is written Branford Conn. / Mall. Iron Ittings Co. Next to the latter is written vertically MODEL 28. Below this section with lettering is another vice, much small, used for stabilizing the nut cracker to a table. The screw handle is T-shaped as well. The screw is bent a little at the bottom and does not screw in all the way.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Garden rake head]

[Garden rake head]

Date: 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: The garden rake head has fourteen identical tines all in a row. In between and below the middle two tines is the cone shaped case into which the wooden handle would be inserted.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
Furnace stoker from Fort Bend County Courthouse

Furnace stoker from Fort Bend County Courthouse

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Furnace stoker from Fort Bend County Courthouse
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
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