Button

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0054
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Straight Pins

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0053
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Thimbles

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0052
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Knife And Two-tined Fork

A house built in the 1820s by an armory worker (and later rented to others) tells much about how the armory workshops operated before divison of labor and mechanization were common. In the early years of the armory, workers were paid by the piece. As craftsmen, they came and went at their convenience. Drinking and gambling on the armory grounds were common. Workers may have brought work home to have family members help meet a monthly quota, to train their sons in arms making, or to do work on the side. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0051
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Perfume Bottle

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0047
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Baby Bottle

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0048
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Virginius Island

Date:
1857
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0025
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Two Spindle Drill Press

Date:
C. 1830s

The Federal armories at Harpers Ferry and Springfield, Massachusetts, were among the first machine-operated industries in the United States. Workers in the armories used many labor-saving machines to produce the three major components of the musket: the lock, the stock, and the barrel. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0021
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Milling Machine

Date:
1864

The Federal armories at Harpers Ferry and Springfield, Massachusetts, were among the first machine-operated industries in the United States. Workers in the armories used many labor-saving machines to produce the three major components of the musket: the lock, the stock, and the barrel. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0020
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Rifling Machine

Date:
1864
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0019
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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