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

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

Bust Of Frederick Douglass

Date:
1872
Creator:
Mundy Johnson

The bust of Douglass at 55 is a version of the marble bust of Douglass by Johnson Mundy done for the city of Rochester. That bust was unveiled in 1879. Today it resides at Frederick Douglass hall at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. The idea for this the bust took hold in late 1872. One thousand dollars was needed to defray the artist's fee. Sculptor Mundy went to Washington, D.C. to model a cast of Douglass' features and the bust was unveiled seven years later.

Description (physical):

Material: Plaster. H: 89 cm.

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington, District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 1670
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Dumbbells

Date:
1890-1895

Each dumbbell weighs 12 pounds. Frederick Douglass' granddaugher Fredericka Sprague Perry noted in her journal, "In the mornings before breakfast and in all degrees of temperature Douglass goes out on the porch or in the yard and swing the dumbbells both alternately then both at the same time, over, behind, and in front...." The undated journal is in the Manuscript department, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington, DC.

Description (physical):

Metal. L 22, W 7.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3136; FRDO 3135
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Stereoscope

Date:
1895
Creator:
James M. Davis
Publisher/Studio:
Philadelphia, PA
Description (physical):

Wood, glass. L 30, W 13.6 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 2189
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Candlestick

8-SIDED BASE. SHAFT COMPOSED OF SERIES OF RING & VASE SHAPED ELEMENTS; FITTED W/SCREW THROUGH CENTER THAT CAN BE USED TO ADJUST HEIGHT OF CANDLE.

Description (physical):

Material: Brass. H: 17cm, W: 9cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 1653
Institution:
National Park Service

Doll Camisole

DOLL CAMISOLE STRAIGHT BODICE CONSTRUCTION. ROUND LACE TRIMMED NECKLINE AND ARMHOLES. CENTER OF BACK OPENING HAS 3 BUTTONS

Description (physical):

Material: Muslin. L: 15.7cm, W: 17cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 1806
Institution:
National Park Service

Bird Cage

This cage has a DOME-SHAPED TOP, FOOTED BASE; WIRE CAGE END IN BALL FINIAL W/WIRE LOOP FOR HANGIBOTTOM HALF COVERED W/FINER WIRE MESH W/OPENINGS ON 2 SIDES FOR FOOD, WATER CONTAINERS. DOOR IS ABOVE MESH; WIRE, WOOD PERCH HANGS FR FINIAL; ROUND BASE ATTACHED BY 2 METAL HOOKS

Description (physical):

Material: Brass. H: 44cm, Di: 38cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 2224
Institution:
National Park Service

Doll Apron

DOLL APRON KNEE LENGTH, SLIGHTLY FLARED PINAFORE STYLE W/SLIGHT DIP AT FRONT AND BACK. ROUND NECKLINE AND ARMHOLES TRIMMED W/LACE. HEM TRIMMED W/SLIGHT LACE RUFFLE. 2 PATCH POCKETS ON APRON FRONT. ATTACHED AT EACH SIDE SEAM IS SASH, MEANT TO BE TIED AT BACK.

Description (physical):

Material: Fabric, Muslin. L: 28cm, W: 27cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 1817
Institution:
National Park Service

Toilet Wash Ad, Endorsed By Clara Barton

One (1) Wright's Lily Pond Toilet Wash advertisement. On back, the product is endorsed by Clara Barton. Front: blonde woman in profile with yellow dress. Blue and white fan behind her with red flowers and yellow butterflies. " Wright's Lily Pond Toilet Wash " "The Trade Supplied by C. Glassmire & Co. Barber's Supplies, 162 N. Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA." "Unique lavatory requisite" Back: pertaining to Clara Barton: "Clara Barton, President of the Red Cross Association, says 'No one will willingly do without it'". Full inscription in inscription field.
Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 11cm, W: 7.5cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 4489(A,B)
Institution:
National Park Service