Collections Highlights

The Mansion is presenting a weekly series on social media highlighting some of the lesser seen items from our collections storage space in the attic. To view these items up close and personal, visit the  Mansion. Our special exhibition changes every month. Tours offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15. Reservations are not required. Spanish Language tours on Saturday, April 28 and Saturday, May 12.

May: Household Items

Insect Powder Bellows

The Woodason brand insect powder bellows was used as a mid to late 19th century gardening tool. With insecticide powder stored in the time container of the bellows, the top could be moved to force the powder our of the opening of the object. This particular item was sold by Henry A. Dreer, who specialized in selling seeds, plants, and bulbs. His shop was located on 714 Chestnut Street.


April: Fashion

 Garrigues Wigton Wedding Shoes

In November 1912 Anna Maxwell Garrigues, a granddaughter of Anna and Ebenezer Maxwell, married Charles Benson Wigton and wore these shoes as part of her wedding ensemble. The full ensemble includes the wedding gown, stockings, shoes and shoe trees. The shoes are marked on the inside with a Lord and Taylor inscription, and the heel still includes the original $5.00 price tag.

Wedding Hat

1896 This wedding hat was found in the home of Sarah Emlen Moore, located on 121 West Coulter Street in Germantown. She may have worn it at her wedding on May 14, 1896 when marrying Walter T. Moore at Germantown Friends’ Meeting House. The label on the inside of the hat reads “Miss C. McLaughlin, Millinery Parlors, 226 Armat Street, Germantown.”

Watch for next weeks Tuesday Treasure!

Admission to this exhibit is included with cost of docent-led tours now through September 20, 2017.

Tours offered on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15.

Cost: $7