Monthly Archives: July 2015

Tool Time!

 

This collection was brought to us by Peggy Mansoff of Brandon, MB. These tools belonged to her husband, the late Gerald Leo Clark who began his collection during the Second World War. This is a E. O. Richter drafting set from 1939. Mr. Clark picked up this set in Germany during his service as a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot. Emil Oskar Richter (1814-1907) founded the firm in Chemnitz, Saxony after training as a clockmaker. In 1892, he patented his “flat system”, copied by many others after his patent ranout in 1905. The firm became VED Kombinat (stated owned) until 1945. This is a very intricate and well-kept drafting kit. IMG_9889 smallerIMG_9890 smaller

 

 

 

 

 

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The next tool kit is a micrometer set from Central Tools Co. dating back to 1912. The Central Tool Company (variously of Providence, Auburn/Cranston, RI) has a long history, beginning in 1908, trying to find niches in the highly competitive precision tools business. The company has since been in the same location since 1912 with early micrometers marked “Auburn” and later ones marked “Cranston.” The company, now named Central Tools is still operating and is still a family-owned/run business after over a century. This micrometer is marked with “Cranston” and has an interchangeable anvil set, with a range of 0-4”.

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The last set is a Tap and Die set for Ford automobiles. It was made by the Butterfield Co. & Inc. in Rock Island, Quebec. Butterfield Co & Inc. operated from 1879 to 1920 and opened an additional factory in Derby Line, Vermont in 1891. This set would be used to make nuts and bolts for Ford vehicles.

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Ojibway Woven Basket

This fantastic addition to the Daly House collection comes from Margaret Masar of Orofino, Idaho. She was a resident of Brandon back when the Museum was operating as The Maples children’s home. The story she tells is that the basket was given to her grandfather,Lt. Col. Francis Joseph Clark and was intended as a cradle for her uncle, William Francis McKinnon Clark. William was born on Aug 5, 1909 which makes the basket approximately just over 100 years old. Lt. Col. F.J. Clark had a distinguished military record, serving in the 1885 Northwest Rebellion, the Boer War in South Africa and leading a battalion in World War I. He later became a vibrant member of the community in Brandon’s foundling years, continuing his service to the arts and municipal affairs.
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Baskets of this kind are traditionally made from willow, ash or birchbark. This bassinette is woven with wicker, made from willow. Baskets are traditionally made starting with the base and working around the sides. The branches of the chosen wood would be picked and dried before production began. They would then be re-hydrated to make the branches pliable and workable during the weaving process.
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Basketry extended into the making of many other materials used daily including fishing nets, animal and fish snares, cooking utensils that were so finely woven that they were waterproof, ceremonial costumes and baskets, and even plaques.
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Through the Looking Glass: Flashback to a Victorian Summer

Children's Program PosterDaly House Museum’s new children’s summer program, Through the Looking Glass: Flashback to a Victorian Summer will be open for registration, beginning on July 8th, 2015.  The Museum is excited to put on a uniquely Victorian experience for children ages 5-12.

Our new summer program explores what it meant to be a kid before skateboards and iPads! This program demonstrates what it was like to be a child in the Victorian era. This includes how children helped around the house and how they played during their new-found free time. There is a wide variety of crafts and activities that children will love. Participants will go on a tour of the Daly House Museum, followed by a toy making session and outdoor activities.  Children will make crafts that reflect the era’s simplicity and practicality.

Join us in tracing the footsteps of a typical Victorian child, from doing outside chores like laundry and to playing parlour games and acting like the great Sherlock Holmes! Through the Looking Glass: Flashback to a Victorian Summer runs from July 8th, 2015 to August 28, 2015. It runs every Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm, rain and shine!

Floral Arranging Demonstration at Daly House

                   

You’re Invited to Spend a SUMMER afternoon in Daly House Museum Garden flower_arrangements_pastel_mix_flowers_free_delivery (1)for a Floral Arranging Demonstration by Edna Verhelst

 

DATE:                  Friday, July 24th

TIME:                   1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

PLACE                  Daly House Museum Garden, 122 – 18th Street, Brandon

What a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon.  Bring a friend.  Some finished arrangements will be donated to local health care facilities.  Extra arrangements will be given to participants.    

                                                             

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