That’s one way to stop traffic

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Courtesy of The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 22 July 1941
Courtesy of The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 22 July 1941

Researching our objects is not only interesting, but can often lead to rather funny stories.  Take for example a small news clip Cindi found the other day about one of our anchors.

That must have been quite a sight for motorists that day!  After finding this article, we were able to match it to our anchor DA 63, an Admiralty Anchor with a wooden stock ca 1850.  It was a gift of Southland Iron and Metal Company.  Thankfully it made its way to the museum after the incident and doesn’t appear to have been much worse for the wear.   Read more

Artifact in the Park update

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Every seen a cannon fly?  Today I did and it was awesome!

Although I haven’t updated about it in a while, the Artifacts in the Park project is still ongoing.  For those who haven’t caught one of my earlier posts about the project, people can sponsor an object in our collection, generally cannons and anchors.  These objects then get cleaned up, repainted and put out in the park with a plaque for visitors to enjoy.  We have a number out already and more being worked on.  The objects can be seen here.   Read more

Art in the Park Update – Admiralty Type Anchor (DA 85)

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The last time I posted about this anchor, so generously sponsored by The Bronze Door Society for the Art in the Park project, I showed pictures of it after being cleaned, covered with anti-corrosive and with a first coat of paint.  The anchor has come a long way since then and has now been placed in its appointed location, although work for its display is not complete quite yet.

Here is the spot where the anchor is set to go, getting ready to lift it into place   Read more

Art in the Park – Trotman Anchor (DA 84)

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It’s time to talk about another one of our Artifact in the Park objects, a Trotman Anchor (ca 1857-1890) sponsored by The Bronze Door Society (a big thank you to them!).  This anchor was one of several donated in 1961 to us by Baldt Anchor, Chain and Forge Division of The Boston Metals Company.  It gets its name from John Trotman, who patented this particular type of anchor in 1852.  This particular anchor was made by Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd. of Netherton, England, a company that was involved with creating the anchors used by RMS Titanic and RMS Lusitania.

Above is the anchor being taken from our trailer into Davis Boat Works, as this was another one that they and Everette Howell from Coastal Cleaning LLC worked on.  There is no way that we would have ever been able to work on these as fast as they have been, which is a big help in keeping up with the project.   Read more

Art in the Park – Admiralty Type Anchor (DA 85)

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Here I am again to talk about another one of our Art in the Park anchors, this one also sponsored by the Bronze Door Society (they have been super kind to sponsor three of our anchors!).  This one is an admiralty type anchor (ca 1900-1950), which was a very popular type of anchor in the 19th century as the design was thought to be superior.

This particular anchor (seen flying in the picture above) was part of a large donation of anchors by the Baldt Anchor, Chain and Forge Division of the Boston Metals Company in 1961.  A very generous donation.  Like many others, this anchor was taken to Davis Boat Works where Everette Howell and others worked on blasting, cleaning and painting it for us.  And we are extremely grateful to them for the help!   Read more