2013 - Curiosities


A black tin case containing an alchometer apparatus, with instructions, consisting of a glass graduated cylinder, a metal tube and clip, a small candle, a small glass orb and a glass flask. This apparatus was developed by Chemistry Professor Ernest Vuilleumier as a way to test liquids for alcohol, which could be used by law enforcement during the years of Prohibition. 

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00354

Location: Shelf 26

Subject: Scientific Equipment

Format: Scientific Equipment

Atari Lab Computer Start-up Kit, c.1980

An Atari Lab starter kit developed by Priscilla Laws at Dickinson College in the early 1980's. The box set includes a catalogue and various lab equipement for young learners. What is shown includes the catalogue, an introduction information sheet, and the packaging box. Other items in the kit are currently on display and are not shown here.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00351

Location: Shelf 17

Subject: computer starter kit, Science

Format: Miscellaneous, Scientific Equipment


A brown wooden cane with a carved white ivory handle. On the handle the inscription reads "M. Mengel. Jan 13,  1883". The cane is said to have belonged to James Buchanan.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00249

Location: RR 01 (housed with AC 00248, 00412, 00598, and 00758)

Subject: Cane

Format: Miscellaneous

Clothing from Cameroon

A four piece set of clothing and textiles given to President A. Lee Fritschler in Cameroon. Two textiles are white with red and blue stripes with a thick strip of navy cloth running through the center. The other textiles include a hat and a large shirt.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00346

Location: Shelf 16

Subject: Cameroon

Format: Clothing, Textiles

Elizabeth Low Teacups and Book

A tea set and book owned by Elizabeth Anna Low, Class of 1891. The white china tea cup and saucer are hand painted by Sarah Yocum with cherubs and gold stars, with gilt on the edges and tea cup handle. The tea cup and saucer are accompanied by the book with a ripped and yellowing cover titled "Tea Cup - Fortune Telling". The text on the cover reads 'No end of strange things are discussed over a cup of tea and not infrequently a talk about divination. In this book will be found more than is usually known about the art of "Tea Cup Fortune Telling."' On the back of the cover is a listing for similar publications in black text. 

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 2002.8

Location: Shelf 33 (Box 2)

Subject: China, Book

Format: Glassware/Ceramics, Miscellaneous

Engraving Blocks

Fifty-nine engraving blocks from "Fifty Printer's Marks" by Edwin Elliot Willoughby, Class of 1922.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00312

Location: Shelf 10

Subject: Printing

Format: Artwork/Photography


A collapsible wooden fan with the slats connected by white fabric. On each slat there is a signature from a member of the Class of 1870.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00302

Location: Shelf 20 (housed with AC 00297-00308)

Subject: Folding Fans

Format: Miscellaneous

Football Helmet, 1914

A brown leather football helmet worn by Frank E. Masland during the 1914 and 1915 football seasons.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00057

Location: RR 01 (housed with AC 00054-00056)

Subject: Helmet, Athletics

Format: Athletic Equipment


The football from the Dickinson v. Penn State game, October 17, 1931.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00280

Location: RR 08 (housed with AC 00276-00282)

Subject: Football

Format: Athletic Equipment

Japanese Footwear

Two pairs of red painted wooden Japanese traditional footwear. One pair has a pair of plastic red and white polka dotted toe covers. There are a total of seven pairs of shoes in the collection. 

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00275

Location: Shelf 21

Subject: footwear

Format: Clothing

King Solomon Signet Ring, 1952

A replica of King Solomon’s ring worn by Rev. Canon Lewis Douglas Gottschall, Class of 1922. A gold ring fitted with 10 various precious stones and weighing about a half a pound.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00711

Location: Shelf 26

Subject: Ring

Format: Miscellaneous


A brass medical instrument believed to have been used by Benjamin Rush to bleed his patients for medical treatments.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00283

Location: Shelf 25

Subject: Medical Equipment

Format: Miscellaneous

Letter Opener

A bronze dagger-like letter opener with the Korea University emblem enameled on top with red tassels attached on the end of the sword.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00300

Location: Shelf 20 (housed with AC 00297-00308)

Subject: Letter Opener

Format: Miscellaneous

Letter Sweater, c.1930

An off-white knit wool letter sweater with a big red varsity letter "D" sewn onto the front. The sweater was worn by Edward Johnson (Class of 1932), captain of the varsity football team. 

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00511

Location: RR 02 (housed with AC 00491-492, 00512)

Subject: Sweater

Format: Clothing

Machete and Sheath

A short sword with a carved gray-green bone handle and a light brown embossed leather sheath.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00245

Location: RR 01 (housed with AC 00246-00247)

Subject: Sword, Machete

Format: Weapons

Nazi Flag

A Nazi Germany flag reportedly taken from Adolf Hitler's private yacht and given to Colonel William Addlemen Ganoe. The flag features a black, white and yellow swastika in the center of red fabric framed by yellow fringe. 

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00274

Location: Shelf 9 (housed with AC 00272-00273)

Subject: Flag, World War II

Format: Flags/Pennants/Banners

Optician's Apparatus

An optician's apparatus, including a a pair of fitting glasses, 24 lenses in storage boxes and two spectrum aparatuses. 

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00393

Location: Shelf 39

Subject: Scientific Equipment

Format: Scientific Equipment

Pistols and Bullets

Two small four barreled pistols, each of a different design and color of the handle, with a box containing five bullets.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00334

Location: Shelf 26

Subject: pistols, Bullets

Format: Weapons

Priestley Scientific Glassware

Ten pieces of various scientific glassware owned and used by John Priestley for his experiements. The set includes several clear glass test tubes, flasks, "s" tubes, and a flask with a valve.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00337

Location: Shelf 21 (housed with 00340, 00341)

Subject: scientific glassware

Format: Glassware/Ceramics, Scientific Equipment


A thick red circular wax seal from the Maharaja of Panna, India. A long, red tassel is attached to the back of the seal.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00331

Location: Shelf 25

Subject: Seal

Format: Miscellaneous

Silver Knife Set

A black leather and red velvet flip-top box with three metal feet housing eleven silver knives and two small pronged silver forks. This set was owned by John Dickinson.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00250

Location: Shelf 20

Subject: knife set

Format: Miscellaneous

Soviet Flag, c.1972

A red and yellow cloth Soviet flag obtained during John Carr's year  studying abroad. Carr is a member of the Class of 1974.

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00608

Location: Shelf 17

Subject: Flag, Study Abroad

Format: Flags/Pennants/Banners

TMI React-or Board Game, 1979

A board game in which the objective is to lose radiation and perform a cold shut-down of a nuclear reactor. The game was created by Adam, Diane, and Edward Sandnes. The box features an illustration of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant. 

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00690

Location: Shelf 2

Subject: Games, Three Mile Island

Format: Miscellaneous

USNR Dog Tag, 1943

A United States Navy Reserve (USNR) Dog Tag with a chain necklace attached and engraved with the text "COUTTS ALAN 647 43 68 TYPE-O T/11/43 USNR-P."

Artifact/Collection Number: AC 00449

Location: Shelf 25 (housed with AC 00418-422, AC 00448, AC 00484, AC 00488, AC 00541)

Subject: Dog Tags, Military

Format: Jewelry

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