Wednesday, March 14, 2012


In keeping with the Civil War theme, the artifact above is from the burial of a Civil War veteran.  It was found wrapped in wool fabric assumed to be a coat, first appearing to be an iron concretion.  Minimal cleaning and conservation revealed it to not be one artifact but several made out of different materials.  The artifact is personal to me as an unique find in my former life as a staff archaeologist in Kentucky.  It is also a very personal artifact to the officer, as it would have been carried with him most places he went.  As far as I know, this is the only example of this object to be found archaeologically. 

WHAT IS IT???

First to answer correctly gets 5 cannon shaped Civil War bookmarks mailed to the address of their choice (if you already have one, consider your local library or school!).

Note: remains and artifact were reburied with much respect paid to the veteran.  More information on this non-Florida Civil War site to follow next week.

Last WIIW answer:  Debby, you've done it again!  I knew it was a wooden chain from the Maple Leaf, but I didn't know much of the information she provided in her answer:

The pic is a short-timers clock. Looks like it is from the Maple Leaf. Each piece which is carved signifies the days not in battle, if i remember correctly. It is a beautiful piece. Was able to study it and catalogued it myself.

Thanks for playing and for contributing to my information about that unique find!  For more information on the Maple Leaf read Amber's blog from last week or join us Thursday, March 22nd out at Mandarin Museum for our encore event.  Click the link to view Remember the Maple Leaf event listing on our website.

Text: Sarah Miller, staff Florida Public Archaeology Network
Image: Dave McBride, former staff for Kentucky Archaeological Survey

4 Responses so far.

  1. I see what looks to be needles and two buttons. Is it a "housewife" sewing kit?

  2. Debby says:

    There was a house wife sewing kit in,the Maple Leaf collection, but it didn't look like this. It does look like little pins and maybe a spool?

  3. Debby says:

    William, I found a pic of a housewife that is leather with tin case base that I thought you might be interested in. It would make your post more likely. I had never seen one with tin base, only silk. http://www.prices4antiques.com/militaria/uniforms/Sewing-Kit-Civil-War-Leather-Roll-Ohio-Vol-Infantry-Accessories-D9874563.htm

    If it is a housewife kit, maybe FPAN can give us insight as to why it was buried with him.

  4. I'm not sure why it was buried with him. I suspect it could have been bundled in the uniform coat without the knowledge of those who buried him or placed intentionally in the burial as part of the uniform. It was found in a wad of wool fabric near the base of the spine. We first thought it was just a bundle of pins to keep the jacked pulled tight, but turned out to be more than just pins.

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