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Sewing machine; wooden base cabinet with false book display front (Model D-9).
Manufactured by Wheeler & Wilson, Bridgeport, CT, circa 1892.
What appears to be a bookcase opens to reveal a hidden sewing machine! (Pssst- The books aren’t real.)
Pith Helmet: a tan, cotton twill pith helmet featuring a kerosene lamp attached to the top. It is unknown whether the lamp was installed by the manufacturer or by the helmet’s owner. It is thought that the lamp may have been used as a nighttime or hunting device.
Donor claims that the helmet was worn by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Est. date range: 1880-1910