Posted on December 26th, 2013 by Rachel
Here’s a few of my favorite boxes from the collections!
1992.146.003 Small hatbox: Hochschild and Kohn Co., beige colored box with scenes of Baltimore landmarks in gold.
1992.239.005 Sewing box with wood base, wood dowels woven with pink and naural straw plaits, hinged. Marked Huyler’s, New York, ca. 1900.
1997.083.009a Gift box from Hutzler’s with new Christmas candle, c. 1965.
and here’s the candle!
1988.156.005 Fingerprinting set, complete in case. The kit contains: 6 pieces of cardboard of varying sizes; sensitized card in glassine envelope; blank fingerprint form; address label; glass plate; watch case; glass bottle with cork; tube of black ink; ink roller; 2 jars with lids; optical instrument in cardboard box; cotton in cardboard box. All items were owned by William Weinblatt.
1991.047.001 Carved olive wood etrog container from Palestine owned by Max Zemil. Top is octagonal, hinged and has a carved design in relief on top with Hebrew letters continuous around the outer edge. Box is lined with blue padded silk. Front has key hole for lock. Each side is carved in relief depicting a temple with Hebrew letters over each scene. c1920s
2004.106.003b Small cardboard box with colorful image men and women in 19th century costume, from Wilhelm Bottler Juwelier Gold & Silberarbeiter Rothenburg Tauber. Box contains 1848 gold ducat given to Rabbi Benjamin Szold. This is not the original box that the gold ducat was kept it. The box was, however, part of Rabbi Szold’s wedding gift.
Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by Rachel
Robert Siegel is our newest volunteer at the JMM. He has been with us for just over a month. He volunteers in the Archives department because he loves history and finds old documents intriguing. Also, because he knows that in the history world, what he is doing will be helpful to others in their research.
He is currently looking at questionnaires completed by Museum donors regarding their family histories, and at information about their donations. This information will be useful for the upcoming Accession’s Committee meeting at the JMM. He also does work in the photo archives with identifications. He inputs all of this information into Past Perfect, the Museum software system.
Robert admits to having a passion for Jewish history. He majored in History in college and had a double minor in Jewish Studies and German Studies. He acknowledges that most of his assignments involved some aspect or another of Jewish History.
He had the opportunity to live in Vienna, Austria for a while and hopes to live in Europe again someday. He won’t admit to being fluent in German, but has a strong intermediate level of understanding. He enjoys family history, and while researching his, he learned about a branch of the family who came to Baltimore in the 1950’s, the Hershfield’s. They are related to his mother and he’s trying to find out more about them. His great-great-grandparents emigrated from Moldova in the late 19th century. He is trying to follow clues to their past also.
We’re glad that Robert is able to meet his needs and ours by volunteering at the JMM. We hope he’ll continue to do so for a good, long while.
A blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday of every month she will be highlighting one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.
Posted on November 21st, 2013 by Rachel
During the expansion of the Jewish Museum of Maryland in 1996 there were many forgotten artifacts and objects that were found in the grounds beneath the land surrounding the museum and synagogues. My fellow Urban Archeology intern, Molly, and I have been examining these forgotten objects, cataloging, cleaning and photographing them. Most of the materials we handle are different fragments of bottles, glass, ceramics and metal, as well as some unidentified objects.
We have been able to identify the genre of most of the objects, and through research we have been able to pin point dates, regions and companies that certain artifacts originated from. However, amongst the hundreds of objects there have been a handful that we have had to make educated guesses as to what they are, and others are completely miscellaneous and unidentifiable.
Here are some pictures of individual objects that we believe to have identified, and others which we are still uncertain of. Take a look and see if you can guess what they are, what you think they could be or what it may have been used for! If you have any input, send us an email at email@example.com.
object E (view 1)
object E (view 2)
Did you try and guess what they are? Here are our findings and educated guesses:
Object A: We believe it is the sole of or part of a shoe.
Object B: Purse/small bag clasps.
Object C: We believe it to be part of a lid of an ornamental ceramic jar.
Object D: We think it is the arm of a small porcelain doll.
Object E: We have absolutely no idea what the material or object is or what it was used for.
Object F: It is clearly made of wood, but we have no idea what this would have been used for.
A blog post by Collections Intern Carlyn Thomas. To read more posts by JMM interns, click here.