History Mystery

Calling all brainiacs and history nerds! Can you identify this mystery item?  The first correct answer wins a prize from The Filson book store!  Please submit your guess in the comment field below. Good luck!  

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History Mystery: The case of the oddly-shaped document

I recently encountered this mysterious item in The Filson’s manuscript collection and was utterly stumped as to what it could be.  This beguiling manuscript serves a specific function and was deliberately created.  Without reading the text of the manuscript, do you have any idea what the function of this item may be?  Why is the parchment oddly shaped? The first person […]

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History Mystery

The first mystery item – our portrait of James Wilkinson by John Wesley Jarvis – was easy. That was a warm up. Now they get tougher. The item pictured here was commonly found in households well into the 20th century – and some are most likely still used today. This item is 11.5″ long and 5″ wide (tappering to 1.5″). It […]

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Mystery Item #1

This entry marks the beginning of a new series of posts on the Filson blog: the Mystery Item.  From time to time, a Filson staff member will choose an item from the society’s collections and challenge the blog readers to identify the item.  The first person to give the correct answer will win an item from the Filson’s bookstore.  Today, […]

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