Personal Artifacts

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This well-weathered chest has a broken lid and remnants of a marbleized paper lining. The chest is held together with hand-made nails, which were not commonly used after factories took over the industry. Also, there is an inscription on the bottom of the chest that says “His Excellency Governor / Jersey / New England / Baggage.” The hand-made nails and lettering of the inscription help the museum to identify that this chest was most likely made in the 18th century.

1422openCabinetmaker’s Tool Chest

This cabinetmaker’s tool chest, given to the museum by Mr. Richard Wanmaker, was possibly made by J. M. Ackerman, whose initials “JMA” are stamped on the lock plate and the tools that were left in the chest. These chests were often made during cabinetmakers apprenticeships and then later used for their personal tools.

Other personal artifacts that can be found in the museum: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, old photographs, tradesmen’s ledgers, letters, letters and other artifacts from the prominent merchant family, Nesbitt-Ralston.

Other Personal Artifacts