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Penn Family Seal, c.1700

Round seal of reddish plaster with proprietary emblem of the Penn family.

Decade: Before 1780

Subject: Pennsylvania History

Format: Miscellaneous

Red Leather Wallet, 1769

A large wallet made of red leather with an ornate silver clasp (broken). The owner's name and the date, "WILLIAM TURNBULL 1769", are embossed in gold under the front flag of the wallet. The name "Alexander Turnbull" is also stamped on various...

Decade: Before 1780

Subject: Wallet

Format: Miscellaneous

Samuel Allen McCoskry brooch, c.1836

A miniature portrait of Samuel Allen McCoskry in enamel and framed. The reverse side of the portrait read "Bishop Coskry." McCoskry was a member of the Class of 1824.

Decade: 1830-1839

Subject: Portraits

Format: Pins/Buttons

Roger Brooke Taney Miniature Portrait, c.1840

Oval miniature portrait of Roger Brooke Taney, enclosed in brown molded leather case and framed by a gold plate, and lined with burgundy velvet fabric.

Decade: 1840-1849

Subject: Portraits

Format: Artwork/Photography

Wooden Printing Frame, front

Wooden frame with a detachable center panel, iron strips and a dial in the center used to expose blue print photographs. 

Decade: 1850-1859

Subject: Photography

Format: Artwork/Photography

Daguerreotype of Four Students, c.1855

Daguerreotype of four students from the class of 1857, including Jacob Stock and Gustavus Bird, in gold frame.

Decade: 1850-1859

Subject: Daguerreotype, Photography

Format: Artwork/Photography

James Buchanan Doré Coin, 1856

Bronze coin featuring James Buchanan bust and “No Sectionalism” on obverse and symbol for 31 states on reverse, issued for the 1856 presidential campaign. Donated by Boyd Lee Spahr, class of 1900, in 1960.

Decade: 1850-1859

Subject: Commemorative Medal, Political Campaign, Politics

Format: Currency/Medallions

Time Capsule, 1857

A rectangular metal box with lid originally placed in the cornerstone of Emory Chapel in 1857. The inscription on the paper glued to the top of the lid reads "Box from Corner Stone of Emory Chapel."

Decade: 1850-1859

Subject: Time Capsule, Emory Chapel

Format: Miscellaneous

Harriet Lane Tintype Case Interior

Tintype of Harriet Lane in a brown case with red velvet interior from around 1857. Lane, the niece of President James Buchanan, acted as First Lady of the United States from 1857 to 1861.

Decade: 1850-1859

Subject: Tintype, Photography

Format: Artwork/Photography

Daguerreotype of Samuel Cushman Caldwell, 1858

Daguerreotype of Samuel Cushman Caldwell, class of 1858, in carved black case with black velvet interior.

Decade: 1850-1859

Subject: Daguerreotype, Photography

Format: Artwork/Photography

Sigma Chi Fraternity Pin, c.1858

A small gold metal and white and black enamel Sigma Chi fraternity pin. The pin is in the shape of a white cross with a black circle in the center with the greek letters Sigma and Chi in gold. Each arm of the cross features a different symbol...

Decade: 1850-1859

Subject: Fraternity Pin, Greek Life

Format: Pins/Buttons

Ambrotype of President Charles Collins, c.1860

An ambrotype of Dickinson College President Charles Collins in a leather-bound, embossed case. Inside the case, the photograph is framed in a gold vignette, red cloth, and gold trim. The text on the gold frame reads “OUTTINGS PAT. JULY 4 & 1_...

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Photography, Ambrotype

Format: Artwork/Photography

Horatio Collins King Sash

Saber, scabbard and sash of Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858), from around 1861.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Saber, Sword, Civil War, Military

Format: Weapons

Belles Lettres Society Rose, 1861

Red silk roses and ribbon given to William Halbert (Class of 1865) upon his election to Belles Lettres Society in October 1861.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Literary Societies, Student Life

Format: Miscellaneous

Theta Delta Chi fraternity pin, 1862

Blue, black, and gold shield with diamond chips in the stars which belonged to Charles String and Gordon Atkinson.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Fraternity Pin, Greek Life

Format: Pins/Buttons

Congressional Medal of Honor, 1862

A bronze pin, star and red, white and blue ribbon featuring U. S. symbols which was awarded to Thomas T. Fallon in 1862 and was sent to replace the medal lost by Horatio Collins King.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Award Medals, Military

Format: Currency/Medallions

Tintype of John Taylor Cuddy, c.1862

A tintype photograph of John Taylor Cuddy wearing a Union uniform around 1862. The photograph is framed in a gold vignette frame and housed in a carved wooden case embossed with intricate floral designs.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Photography, Tintype, Civil War

Format: Artwork/Photography

Tintype of David Davidson Stone, 1863

Oval tintype of David Davidson Stone, class of 1859, wearing a Confederate uniform, in a gold-tone frame, 1863.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Tintype, Photography, Civil War

Format: Artwork/Photography

Union Philosophical Society pin, c.1860

Gold pin shaped like Union Philosophical Society symbol which belonged to Samuel Bean as a member.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Honor Societies

Format: Pins/Buttons

Phi Kappa Psi fraternity pin, 1864

Shield of black and gold with fraternity symbols attached to stick pin with small chain, which belonged to James L. Norris.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Greek Life, Fraternity Pin

Format: Pins/Buttons

Spurs

Iron spurs with leather straps and braided gold hat cord, c.1865, worn by Horatio C. King, class of 1858, who served in the Union Calvary during the U.S. Civil War.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Military, Civil War

Format: Miscellaneous

Methodist Church Medals, c.1860

Thirty six silver medals all featuring West College on obverse with Susanna Wesley and son John Wesley on reverse.  Produced for the centennial of the Methodist Church in 1866.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Religion and Spirituality, Commemorative Medal

Format: Currency/Medallions

Copper Methodist Church Medallions

Smaller copper medal featuring West College on obverse with Susanna Wesley and son John on reverse; larger copper medal featuring John Wesley and inscriptions, both produced for centennial of the Methodist Church in 1866.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Commemorative Medal, Methodist Church, West College (Old West)

Format: Currency/Medallions

Methodist Church Centennial medal, 1866

Larger silver medal featuring John Wesley and inscriptions, produced for centennial of the Methodist Church in 1866.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Commemorative Medal, Methodist Church, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Currency/Medallions

Methodist Church Wesley Medal, 1866

Small silver medal featuring West College on obverse with Susanna Wesley and son, John Wesley, on reverse. The medal was produced for centennial of the Methodist Church in 1866.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Commemorative Medal, Methodist Church, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Currency/Medallions

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