Wood Tag

  • Kickapoo Mortar and Pestle

    Kickapoo Mortar and Pestle

    Jul 25, 2019

    Mortar and pestles have a long history and varied uses by cultures around the world. The tool has been used to grind or crush all types of materials for centuries. They are used for cooking, medicines, alchemy, rituals, makeup, gunpowder, [...]

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  • M1917 Enfield Rifle Commemorative Plaque

    M1917 Enfield Rifle Commemorative Plaque

    May 07, 2019

    This object is a M1917 Enfield rifle mounted on a commemorative wooden display donated to the ITC by Colonel William Mastoris Jr. The object was originally gifted to Colonel Mastoris by his company in honor of his leadership as a [...]

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  • Chinese Huqin

    Chinese Huqin

    Oct 15, 2018

    The Chinese violin on display in the Music Room area of the Institute of Texan Cultures is a huqin or “Hu-Chin” which is a general term given to any spiked fiddle. One type of huqin, called the “erhu,” is identified [...]

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  • Travis Club Cigar Box

    Travis Club Cigar Box

    Oct 04, 2018

    This cigar box in the Institute of Texan Cultures collections was for a private blend of cigars, made especially for the exclusive Travis Club in San Antonio. They were produced by the Finck Cigar Company in San Antonio, Texas. In [...]

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  • Japanese Abacus

    Japanese Abacus

    Oct 04, 2018

    Before the invention of the computer or calculator, merchants used counting boards or an abacus to keep track of inventory and their finances. The abacus replaced other primitive counting devices such as fingers, sea shells and small rocks or sticks. [...]

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  • Button hook

    Button hook

    Oct 04, 2018

    An essential household item in the Victorian era, used on everything from garments to shoes. A button hook was an ideal tool to have on hand when needing to button a difficult button. In the Victorian era clothing, including shoes [...]

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