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--------------- Dolls and Figurines ----------------


18BC27 Federal Reserve
Feature 1, Well, filled last quarter of 19th century Feature 30 Privy
c. 1850-1870
Small sitting doll, made of bisque porcelain, with the legs broken off. 4.75cm x 2.75cm x 3cm, from 18BC27. Small sitting doll, made of bisque porcelain, with the legs broken off. 4.75cm x 2.75cm x 3cm, from 18BC27. Red riding hood doll, with traces of red paint on the cloak, made of bisque porcelian. 6cm x 2.5cm x 3.25cm - from 18BC27.     Red riding hood doll, with traces of red paint on the cloak, made of bisque porcelian. 6cm x 2.5cm x 3.25cm - from 18BC27.    Example of a complete Red riding hood doll from a private collection.
Small sitting doll with the legs broken off. Red riding hood doll, with traces of red paint on
the cloak. Example on right from a private collection.

18MO609 Jackson Homestead
African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson,
Occupied c. 1860 to c. 1915 (destroyed by fire)


18BC27 Federal Reserve
Feature 36 - Well filled c. 1880s-1900
Small Frozen Charlotte doll, with traces of red paint in her hair - from 18MO609. Small Frozen Charlotte doll, with traces of red paint in her hair - from 18MO609. Small Frozen Charlotte doll, with traces of red paint in her hair - from 18MO609. Small Frozen Charlotte doll made of bisque porcelain. 3.35cm x 5.5cm - from 18BC27.
Small Frozen Charlotte doll.
Small Frozen Charlotte doll. Small Frozen Charlotte doll.

18MO609 Jackson Homestead
African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson, Occupied c. 1860 to c. 1915 (destroyed by fire)

Doll head, leg and arms made of Continental European hard paste porcelain. 4cm x 2cm - from 18MO609.Doll head, leg and arms made of Continental European hard paste porcelain. 4cm x 2cm - from 18MO609.Doll head, leg and arms made of Continental European hard paste porcelain. 4cm x 2cm - from 18MO609. Porcelain leg, brown enamel boot and a blue bow made of Continental European hard paste porcelain. 3.75cm x 1cm - from 18MO609. Doll example on right from a private collection.  Porcelain leg, brown enamel boot and a blue bow made of Continental European hard paste porcelain. 3.75cm x 1cm - from 18MO609. Doll example on right from a private collection.
Porcelain doll head, legs and arms. Porcelain leg, brown enamel boot and a blue bow.
Example on right from a private collection.
African-American doll head of painted bisque porcelain (also known as parian), with an impressed “5” on its neck. It also has holes for earrings. 11.5cm x 8cm x8cm - from 18MO609. African-American doll head of painted bisque porcelain (also known as parian), with an impressed “5” on its neck. It also has holes for earrings. 11.5cm x 8cm x8cm - from 18MO609. The back part of the neck of a bisque socket head porcelain doll produced in Germany. The mark “1894 AM 5/0 DE” indicates a doll made by the manufacturer Armand Marseille - from 18MO609.
African-American painted porcelain doll head. The back part of the neck of a porcelain socket head doll.

18BC27 Federal Reserve
Feature 36 - Well filled c. 1880s-1900


Painted hard paste porcelain Bonnet doll. Bonnet dolls mostly date from after 1885 (King 1981:306). This porcelain head would have been attached to a cloth body and would have had porcelain arms and legs. A similar doll shown on right made by the Hertwig Company (1864-1941), Germany, circa 1900 - from 18BC27.          Painted hard paste porcelain Bonnet doll. Bonnet dolls mostly date from after 1885 (King 1981:306). This porcelain head would have been attached to a cloth body and would have had porcelain arms and legs. A similar doll shown on right made by the Hertwig Company (1864-1941), Germany, circa 1900 - from 18BC27.        Painted hard paste porcelain Bonnet doll. Bonnet dolls mostly date from after 1885 (King 1981:306). This porcelain head would have been attached to a cloth body and would have had porcelain arms and legs. A similar doll shown on right made by the Hertwig Company (1864-1941), Germany, circa 1900 - from 18BC27.
Painted porcelain Bonnet doll.

18HA148 Harford Furnace
Feature 36 - Well filled c. 1880s-1900


18PR983 Market Master’s House
Stratum II – mixed deposit 18th to mid 20th centuries
Continental European hard paste porcelain doll with top half missing, from 18HA148.    Continental European hard paste porcelain doll with top half missing, from 18HA148. Bisque porcelain bonneted doll is missing her moveable arms, from 18PR983. Similar example on right from private collection.    Bisque porcelain bonneted doll is missing her moveable arms, from 18PR983. Similar example on right from private collection.    Bisque porcelain bonneted doll is missing her moveable arms, from 18PR983. Similar example on right from private collection.
Porcelain doll, top half missing. Bonneted porcelain doll. Similar to one shown on right.

18PR983 Market Master’s House
Stratum II – mixed deposit 18th to mid 20th centuries

18PR96 Indian Queen Tavern
Stratum II Modern Fill
Painted bisque porcelain fragment of face of socket head doll with painted eyebrow and eyelashes from 18PR983. Continental European hard paste porcelain doll arm from 18PR96.
Face fragment of a socket head doll. Porcelain doll arm.

--------------- Toy China ----------------


---------------- 18BC27 Federal Reserve ----------------
Feature 30 Privy
c. 1850 - 1870 home of Nathan Mansfield family
Feature 43, Cellar filled in the early 20th century, probably Aged Men’s and Women’s Home of the Methodist Episcopal Church
European hard paste porcelain toy teacups from 18BC27. 4.cm (diam.) x 2.25cm.
Continental European hard paste porcelain toy saucer. 6.5cm (diam) - from 18BC27.
Porcelain soap dish for a doll from18BC27.
Toy teacups. Toy saucer. Soap dish for a doll.

18MO609 Jackson Homestead
African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson, Occupied c. 1860 to c. 1915 (destroyed by fire)


18PR96 Indian Queen Tavern
Stratum VI – Mid to late 19th century

18HA148 Harford Furnace
Ironworker’s Housing, c. 1830s-1880s
Continental European hard paste porcelain toy teacup from 18PR96. Continental European hard paste porcelain toy sugar dish or teapot lid from 18HA148.
Toy cups, saucer and sugar dish.
Toy teacup Toy sugar dish lid.

--------------- Wooden, Bone, Ceramic and Rubber Toys ----------------


---------------- 18BC27 Federal Reserve ----------------
Feature 23 Privy
Third quarter of the 19th century
Feature 38 Privy
Aged Men’s and Women’s Home of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Late 19th – early 20th centuries
Wooden top with traces of an iron tip. Wooden tops were often made of boxwood or lignum vitae. Antique example below shows what the iron tip may have looked like. The 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog offered five models of tops of differing hardwoods and sizes, from 18BC27. 3cm x 2.5cm x 4.1cm. Wooden peg top with traces of an iron tip. Wooden tops were often made of boxwood or lignum vitae. Antique example below shows what the iron tip may have looked like. The Federal Reserve top is missing the top rivet, which was sometimes made of brass. The 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog offered five models of tops of differing hardwoods and sizes, from 18BC27.      Wooden peg top with traces of an iron tip. Wooden tops were often made of boxwood or lignum vitae. Antique example below shows what the iron tip may have looked like. The Federal Reserve top is missing the top rivet, which was sometimes made of brass. The 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog offered five models of tops of differing hardwoods and sizes, from 18BC27.       Wooden peg top with traces of an iron tip. Wooden tops were often made of boxwood or lignum vitae. Antique example below shows what the iron tip may have looked like. The Federal Reserve top is missing the top rivet, which was sometimes made of brass. The 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog offered five models of tops of differing hardwoods and sizes, from 18BC27.
Wooden top with traces of an iron tip.
Example in middle from a private collection.
Wooden peg top with traces of an iron tip.
Example on right from a private collection.

18BC27 Federal Reserve

18CV13 Brewhouse
Lot 2 - part of a large assemblage discarded
under the house in the early 20th century and
found during renovation
Feature 30 Privy
c. 1850 - 1870 home of Nathan
Mansfield family
Feature 23 Privy
Third quarter of the 19th century
These are part of a wooden peg or Grodnerthal doll. The portion on the right is a torso, with slots where the legs attached and the pieces on the left are probably legs from 18BC27, Feature 30.  Grodnerthal dolls were first imported to England from Amsterdam in the early 19th century. Earlier peg dolls had layers of gesso on portions of the body not covered by clothing and were painted facial features and shoes.  Later in the century, the quality deteriorated, with gesso layers omitted and less detailed carving. http://www.miniphile.com/Pages/Vic-dolls.htmGrodnerthal doll examples.
Skittles or nine pin of painted wood.  An ancient game, skittles involves projectiles, usually balls, propelled from one end of an alley in an effort to knock down nine pins standing at the other end.   Skittles has many regional variations in skittle size and shape, alley length, size and shape of the balls  and rules. Ninepins has been popular in North American since the 17th century, remaining so until tenpins became well-established in the late 19th century (Cooperman 2017), from 18BC27. http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Skittles.htm 
These are part of a wooden peg or
Grodnerthal doll.
Skittles or nine pin of painted wood. 

18BC27 Federal Reserve
Feature 22 – Privy filled mid-19th century


18BC27 Federal Reserve
Feature 28, Lot 289
 Ivory Domino. 1.5" x .75" - from 18BC27. The game of dominoes  originated in China and made its way to Italy in the early 18th century. Game pieces were often made of ivory and ebony (The Strong). Ivory Domino. 1.5" x .75" - from 18BC27. The game of dominoes  originated in China and made its way to Italy in the early 18th century. Game pieces were often made of ivory and ebony (The Strong). Wooden domino. Two types of wood riveted together from 18BC27, Feature 28. The game of dominoes  originated in China and made its way to Italy in the early 18th century. Game pieces were often made of ivory and ebony (The Strong).  Wooden domino. Two types of wood riveted together from 18BC27, Feature 28. The game of dominoes  originated in China and made its way to Italy in the early 18th century. Game pieces were often made of ivory and ebony (The Strong).
Ivory Domino. Wooden domino.

---------------- 18BC27 Federal Reserve ----------------
Feature 28 Privy filled in the 1860s Feature 34 – Cellar filled between 1875-1900

Checker game piece made of wood.  1.25" diameter, .25" tall, 3 concentric circles on both sides - from 18BC27, Feature 28.
Checker game piece made of wood (front and back), 7/8” diameter - from 18BC27, Feature 34.   Checker game piece made of wood (front and back), 7/8” diameter - from 18BC27, Feature 34.
Checker game piece made of wood. Checker game piece made of wood (front and back).

18MO609 Jackson Homestead
African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson, Occupied c. 1860 to c. 1915 (destroyed by fire)

White bone die. 1.5cm x 1.5cm x 1.5cm - from 18MO609. Bone die dyed dark brown, 1.25cm x 1.25cm x 1.25cm - from 18MO609.   Bone die dyed dark brown, 1.25cm x 1.25cm x 1.25cm - from 18MO609.
Two views
White bone die. Bone die dyed black.

18BC27 Federal Reserve
Feature 30 Privy
c. 1850 - 1870 home of Nathan Mansfield family



18CV91 Smith St. Leonard
Richard Smith Plantation c. 1711-1754

A rubber ball broken in half, with the manufacturer’s name still visible on the center seam. The New York Rubber Company was founded in 1851, but they changed their trade name to Wicapee Rubber in 1859. Because the rubber ball bears the stamp of the New York Rubber Company, that means it was manufactured within that eight year period. 4cm x 3.75cm - from 18BC27.  Illustration of 18BC27 rubber ball. Tin glazed earthenware knobbed lid that has been shaped into a gaming piece - from 18CV91. Tin glazed earthenware knobbed lid that has been shaped into a gaming piece - from 18CV91. Tin glazed earthenware knobbed lid that has been shaped into a gaming piece - from 18CV91.
Rubber ball broken in half. The manufacturer’s
name is still visible on the center seam.
Tin glaze knob that appears to be a gaming piece. (Three views).

18PR982 Magruder House
Stratum II - 19th to 20th century stratum


Rubber and steel wheel with real, white rubber non- skid tires vulcanized to the wheel as shown on car on right from private collection From 18PR982.    Rubber and steel wheel with real, white rubber non- skid tires vulcanized to the wheel as shown on car on right from private collection From 18PR982.
Rubber and steel wheel with white rubber non- skid tires vulcanized to the
wheel, as shown on car on right from private collection

--------------- Marbles ----------------


  
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--------------- Metal Toys ----------------


18CV91 Smith St. Leonard
Richard Smith Plantation c. 1711-1754


Lead whizzer. 1.25” diameter - from 18CV91. Shown on right is a whizzer recovered in Boston marked with name of Thomas Althorp. Courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program.  Lead whizzer. 1.25” diameter - from 18CV91. Shown on right is a whizzer recovered in Boston marked with name of Thomas Althorp. Courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program.  Lead whizzer. 1.25” diameter - from 18CV91. Shown on right is a whizzer recovered in Boston marked with name of Thomas Althorp. Courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program. Lead whizzer. 1.75” diameter - from 18CV91.   Lead whizzer. 1.75” diameter - from 18CV91.
Lead whizzer. Shown on right is a whizzer recovered in Boston marked with name of Thomas Althorp.  Courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program. Lead whizzer.

18MO609 Jackson Homestead
African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson, Occupied c. 1860 to c. 1915 (destroyed by fire)

Cast iron six-pronged jack, 1.75cm x 1.75cm - from 18MO609. Cast ion toy cap pistol from 18MO609.
Six-pronged jack. Toy cap pistol.

18MO609 Jackson Homestead
African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson,
Occupied c. 1860 to c. 1915 (destroyed by fire)


18BC27 Federal Reserve
Feature 28
Cast iron horse with holes for attaching racing harness from 18MO609.Cast iron jockey from 18M0609. 8cm x 8.25cm x 4.8cmCast iron jockey from 18M0609. 8cm x 8.25cm x 4.8cmCast iron wheel from cart from 18MO609.
Complete painted jockey and horse from a private collection.      Complete painted jockey and horse from a private collection.

Cast iron wheel. 4cm x 4cm, from 18BC27.



Metal horse with holes for attaching racing harness. Metal jockey
with traces of red and white paint (two views). Metal wheel. See
complete painted example of jockey and horse shown below from a private collection.
Metal wheel. 

---------------- 18BC27 Federal Reserve ----------------
Feature 30 Privy
c. 1850 - 1870 home of Nathan Mansfield family


The front of a cast iron toy bank. 8cm x 8cm. See example on right from private collection. The top and bottom parts were screwed into place (N/A 2017). Height: 5.75”, from 18BC27.    The front of a cast iron toy bank. 8cm x 8cm. See example on right from private collection. The top and bottom parts were screwed into place (N/A 2017). Height: 5.75”, from 18BC27. German flat tin or lead toy from 18BC27. The earliest ”flat” toys were soldiers made in Germany of pressed tin from the 1730s onward. One of the most prolific firms was that of Ernst Heinrichsen, who began business in 1839 (O’Neill 1988:244).    German flat tin or lead toy from 18BC27. The earliest ”flat” toys were soldiers made in Germany of pressed tin from the 1730s onward. One of the most prolific firms was that of Ernst Heinrichsen, who began business in 1839 (O’Neill 1988:244).
The front of a metal toy bank.
See example on right from private collection.
German flat metal toy.

---------------- 18BC27 Federal Reserve ----------------
Feature 23 Privy
Third quarter of the 19th century
Lot 359 Feature 38 Privy, Aged Men’s and Women’s Home of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Late 19th – early 20th centuries

Britannia metal (pewter alloy) toy pitcher from 18BC27.
Cast copper alloy or Britannia metal (pewter alloy) toy tea cup. 1.5cm x 1.5cm - from 18BC27. Cast copper alloy or Britannia metal (pewter alloy) toy tea cup. 1.5cm x 1.5cm - from 18BC27. Copper alloy game board spinner. 2.00” - from 18BC27.
Metal toy pitcher. Metal toy tea cup. Metal game board spinner.

18BA282 Benjamin Banneker Site


18PR982 Magruder House
Stratum III – 19th century stratum Stratum II - 19th to 20th century stratum
Flat lead toy soldier, similar to examples shown on right, from 18BA282.   Flat lead toy soldier, similar to examples shown on right, from 18BA282. Molded iron soldier from 18PR982, similar to one shown on right from private collection.Molded iron soldier from 18PR982, similar to one shown on right from private collection.    Molded iron soldier from 18PR982, similar to one shown on right from private collection.

Cast lead alloy WW1 soldier manning a large gun, from 18PR982.Cast lead alloy WW1 soldier manning a large gun, from 18PR982.

Cast lead alloy WW1 soldier manning a large gun, from 18PR982.
Flat lead toy soldier, similar to
examples shown on right.
Molded iron soldier, similar to one shown
on right from private collection.
WWI soldier manning a large gun of
cast lead alloy.

18PR983 Market Master’s House

Stratum I – mixed deposit, 18th century to present day Stratum II – mixed deposit 18th to
mid 20th centuries
Die-cast iron 1928 Aero Dawn monoplane from 18PR983.  1928 Aero Dawn monoplane from a private collection. Die-cast zinc alloy Painted toy military style helicopter, from 18PR983. Lead  alloy carousel horse and rider, from 18PR983.

Die-cast iron 1928 Aero Dawn monoplane.
Example on right from a private collection.

Die-cast zinc alloy painted toy military
style helicopter.
Lead alloy carousel horse and rider.

18HA148 Harford Furnace
Ironworker’s Housing, c. 1830s-1880s


White metal or zinc alloy wheel from 18HA148. Cast iron horse of unknown function, from 18HA148.
White metal or zinc alloy wheel. Cast iron horse of unknown function.

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