Handkerchief

Date:
1890-1895
Description (physical):

Textile. L 46, W 46 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3163
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Photograph by B.E. Hawkins, Steubenville, OH

Description (physical):

Paper. L 10, W 6.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3937
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Date:
1883
Creator:
Sarah J. Eddy

Douglass is holding the baton that symbolized his authority during his tenure as marshal of the District of Columbia. Douglass sat for this portrait during two visits to Rhode Island in the spring and summer of 1883. The artist, Eddy, was a sculptress and painter and a member of the wealthy Rhode Island family. She was active in reform, abolition and feminism movements.

Description (physical):

Canvas, oil. H 163, W 124.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 125
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass Death Mask

Date:
1895
Creator:
Ulric Dunbar

Washingtonian sculptor Dunbar came to Cedar Hill the day after Douglass' death and created this death mask. Death masks were an important cultural aspect of mourning rituals for many people during the middle ages and into the early twentieth century. Creating death masks declined after the advent of photography.

Description (physical):

Plaster. L 28.6, W 18.6, T 14.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 240
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Panama Hat

Date:
1889-1891

Hat likely worn by Frederick Douglass in Haiti and illustrated in the lithograph. Douglass' papers, now in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, indicate that he was concerned about the extremely hot weather in Haiti. Panama hats like ths one were made in Ecuador. It is said that they were introduced to the United States during the construction of the Panama Canal to protect workers against the sun. The hats are highly prized. The finest examples have an even, creamy texture, and are made with a very tight weave. The true Panama hat is made of natural fiber, Carludovica palmate and are called sombrero de paja toquilla or 'hats of the toquilla plant."

Description (physical):

Toquilla fiber. H 11, Diameter [crown] 23, [rim] 53.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 2197
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Hat Box And Derby

Date:
1886-1887
Publisher/Studio:
Rome, Italy

This hat box is believed to be purchased in Italy when the Douglasses traveled in Europe and Egypt.

Description (physical):

Leather, metal. L 36.3, W 30.6, H 26.3 cm; Textile. H 19, Dia 98.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 2165, 2199
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Top Hat

Date:
1885-1889

Manufactured by Ellwood and Sons, London.
Douglass attended operas and formal events such as the World's Columbian Exposition when he was co-commissioner for the republic of Haiti.

Description (physical):

Beaver fur. H 184, D 93 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 2167
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Shirt

Date:
1890-1895

In the center of the chest has monogrammed 'D' in red. This shirt was purchased at Philip T. Hall men's clothing in downtown in Wwashington, D.C. Anna, Douglass first wife, took great pride in caring for his clothes.

Description (physical):

Textile. L 82.7, W 60 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3139
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Vest

Date:
1890-1895

Douglass's personal vest made of linen. He wore this during the cool seasons.

Description (physical):

Textile. L: 66.5 cm, W: 37.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3140
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Description (physical):

Paper. L 10.6, W 6.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3935
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site