The Testimony of Hands


2009.13.1, commercial sack
Modern Industrial Society (1926?)
Found in collections
Photograph by B. Bernard

When found, this canvas sack was used to hold artifacts. It was replaced with more appropriate archival materials, but added to the collections rather than discarded. Why? Litharge is a lead oxide used for various purposes but a bag of this size was most likely used during assaying (click here for another object related to the same industrial process). As such, the sack is part of the nation's mining heritage, but the sort of thing that almost never survives except through some unlikely circumstance (such as being used to store artifacts in a museum). Our date estimate is based on the "4/26" printed on the lower left of the sack.

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