River Bend drawing by Ardath Garfield
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Wheeler Memorial Library Artifacts

This is a collection of artifacts found in the attic of the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange, Massachusetts. At the present time the donor is unknown. There was a news article dated 1932 amongst the things found and the calabash has a date of 1885 on its label.

We would love to hear from anyone with information regarding the origins or value of any of these articles.

Wheeler Memorial Library
East Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
(978)  544 2495

 


01. Poi pounder (broken handle); Kapa beater


02. Hair pins


03. Shell? coral? Necklace 4' length


detail of above


04. Fly switch? Horse hair deteriorating


05a. Fan, lauhala


05b. Fan, lauhala


05c. Fan


06. Two Enameled (tin? brass?) cups


07. Lauhala wallet, contained a small amout of Pele's hair lava strands


08. Embroidered silk (tie? minister's stole?)


detail of above


09. Labeled India Calabash


detail of label


detail of side carving


10. Necklace, unknown seeds and beads


Detail of above


11. Unknown ornament, terracotta? wood?


12. Aloha footprint with blotter papers attached


13. Hawaiian pillow, lauhala


14. (right)Ornament with butterfly, back is mirror
(left)Glass covered case for 12 rice paper paintings below. Color is opaque.


detail


detail


15. One of two similar woven baskets


16. Koa wood fold out box


17. Braided human hair neck piece


detail of weave


18. Misc. collection

  • Hollowed out poi pounder on left; perhaps used as a lamp. (ipu kukui)
  • In lower picture is a letter opener with unknown substance for blade, metal handle
  • Smaller seed right of center is probably Metroxylon Amicarum,
    Though it grows in Hawaii, is native to Pohnpei and Truk and yields perhaps the largest vegetable ivory seed.
    These are two botanical photos of Metroxylon Amicarum

     


19. Fossil, whales tooth, unknown horn, some other teeth, and (duck?) breast bones

Photos and page prepared by Moss Brook Arts

 

 


Virtual Gallery Archives

Winter 2004
Artwork by young children

April & May 2004
Robert Collen
The Town and the River poem
and Ardath Garfield's
River Bend
line drawing