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Image of 0001.805 - Shawl, n.d. Silk shawl with embroidered floral pattern the same color as ground. Has macramé and knotted fringe tassels in ecru. Each four corners has a large floral pattern.  Square in shape. Macramé border and back border hand sewn.

0001.805 - Shawl, n.d. Silk shawl with embroidered floral pattern the same color as ground. Has macramé and knotted fringe tassels in ecru. Each four corners has a large floral pattern. Square in shape. Macramé border and back border hand sewn.

Shawl, n.d. Silk shawl with embroidered floral pattern the same color as ground. Has macramé and knotted fringe tassels in ecru. Each four corners has a large floral pattern. Square in shape. Macramé border and back border hand sewn.

Image of 2006.216.002 - Doll bag, c. 1937. Small bag made of maroon fabric with alternating vertical stripes of white dots and blue and white flowers with leaves. Bag is hemmed at the top with light-colored thread and has a handle made of the same fabric.

2006.216.002 - Doll bag, c. 1937. Small bag made of maroon fabric with alternating vertical stripes of white dots and blue and white flowers with leaves. Bag is hemmed at the top with light-colored thread and has a handle made of the same fabric.

Doll bag, c. 1937. Small bag made of maroon fabric with alternating vertical stripes of white dots and blue and white flowers with leaves. Bag is hemmed at the top with light-colored thread and has a handle made of the same fabric.

Image of 0001.088 - Handmade Rag Area Rug, 1850.  Colored rag strips are of various fibers, possibly including wool, cotton and linen.  Rag strips are woven through a burlap backing.  Pattern is of alternating dark and light brown colored diamonds with a pattern of two same-colored flowers and one different-colored flower in the center with green leaves at points of longest ends of diamond.  Long end of diamond pattern runs along the long width of the rug with short side of diamond making up the depth.  Other fabric colors include:  red, blue, pink, cream and gold.  A light tan newer burlap 2 5/8" border has been affixed to back of rug to stabilize edging.  Rug is heavily worn with several holes and patches throughout.

0001.088 - Handmade Rag Area Rug, 1850. Colored rag strips are of various fibers, possibly including wool, cotton and linen. Rag strips are woven through a burlap backing. Pattern is of alternating dark and light brown colored diamonds with a pattern of two same-colored flowers and one different-colored flower in the center with green leaves at points of longest ends of diamond. Long end of diamond pattern runs along the long width of the rug with short side of diamond making up the depth. Other fabric colors include: red, blue, pink, cream and gold. A light tan newer burlap 2 5/8" border has been affixed to back of rug to stabilize edging. Rug is heavily worn with several holes and patches throughout.

Handmade Rag Area Rug, 1850. Colored rag strips are of various fibers, possibly including wool, cotton and linen. Rag strips are woven through a burlap backing. Pattern is of alternating dark and light brown colored diamonds with a pattern of two same-colored flowers and one different-colored flower in the center with green leaves at points of longest ends of diamond. Long end of diamond pattern runs along the long width of the rug with short side of diamond making up the depth. Other fabric colors include: red, blue, pink, cream and gold. A light tan newer burlap 2 5/8" border has been affixed to back of rug to stabilize edging. Rug is heavily worn with several holes and patches thro

Image of 0001.105 - War Bond Plaque, 1943. This plaque is made of wood and is painted white with a red border and blue background with white stars on the top.  It is shaped like a shield with two scallops with three tips. It has a gold outer border around the shield with wooden varnish at the back of the plaque. Within the red border of the plaque, there is a block of text painted in red, blue and gold. Written in red and in bold, the text reads "WAR BOND SALES... / AWARD OF MERIT".  The text "WAR BOND SALES", the "A" in the word "AWARD" and "M" in the word "MERIT" are upper cased.  Written in red and gold and in italics, the text reads "TROPHY". "T"in the word "TROPHY" is upper cased and the rest of the letters are lower cased.  The gold lettering is painted around the word "TROPHY" that is already painted in red. Written in blue, the text reads "THIS PATRIOTIC FIRM... / HAS NOW THE... / THIS WEEK  / IN THE / SAN MATEO / MERCHANTS / CONTINUING CAMPAIGN TO SELL MORE  / WAR BONDS AND STAMPS / SAN MATEO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / 1943". The words "T" in the phrase "THIS PATRIOTIC FIRM", "S" and "M" in the words "SAN MATEO" and MERCHANTS", and "C" in the phrase "CONTINUING CAMPAIGN" are upper cased in regular font. The "H", "N" and "T" in the phrase "HAS NOW THE", and the "T", "W", and "I" in the phrase "THIS WEEK IN THE" are lower cased in regular font. The words "WAR BONDS AND STAMPS" is in bold except for the word "AND" which is in small lettering. The words "SAN MATEO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE" are italicized, but also smaller than the rest of the text above. At the end of this block of text, the date "1943" is listed, which is also in regular font. At the back of the plaque, it has a wooden varnish with two small metal eye-screws. The two small metal eye-screws are connected to one knotted cotton string used for hanging onto a wall. Also on the back of the wooden plaque is a black iron metal latch with three tiny black screws.

0001.105 - War Bond Plaque, 1943. This plaque is made of wood and is painted white with a red border and blue background with white stars on the top. It is shaped like a shield with two scallops with three tips. It has a gold outer border around the shield with wooden varnish at the back of the plaque. Within the red border of the plaque, there is a block of text painted in red, blue and gold. Written in red and in bold, the text reads "WAR BOND SALES... / AWARD OF MERIT". The text "WAR BOND SALES", the "A" in the word "AWARD" and "M" in the word "MERIT" are upper cased. Written in red and gold and in italics, the text reads "TROPHY". "T"in the word "TROPHY" is upper cased and the rest of the letters are lower cased. The gold lettering is painted around the word "TROPHY" that is already painted in red. Written in blue, the text reads "THIS PATRIOTIC FIRM... / HAS NOW THE... / THIS WEEK / IN THE / SAN MATEO / MERCHANTS / CONTINUING CAMPAIGN TO SELL MORE / WAR BONDS AND STAMPS / SAN MATEO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / 1943". The words "T" in the phrase "THIS PATRIOTIC FIRM", "S" and "M" in the words "SAN MATEO" and MERCHANTS", and "C" in the phrase "CONTINUING CAMPAIGN" are upper cased in regular font. The "H", "N" and "T" in the phrase "HAS NOW THE", and the "T", "W", and "I" in the phrase "THIS WEEK IN THE" are lower cased in regular font. The words "WAR BONDS AND STAMPS" is in bold except for the word "AND" which is in small lettering. The words "SAN MATEO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE" are italicized, but also smaller than the rest of the text above. At the end of this block of text, the date "1943" is listed, which is also in regular font. At the back of the plaque, it has a wooden varnish with two small metal eye-screws. The two small metal eye-screws are connected to one knotted cotton string used for hanging onto a wall. Also on the back of the wooden plaque is a black iron metal latch with three tiny black screws.

War Bond Plaque, 1943. This plaque is made of wood and is painted white with a red border and blue background with white stars on the top. It is shaped like a shield with two scallops with three tips. It has a gold outer border around the shield with wooden varnish at the back of the plaque. Within the red border of the plaque, there is a block of text painted in red, blue and gold. Written in red and in bold, the text reads "WAR BOND SALES... / AWARD OF MERIT". The text "WAR BOND SALES", the "A" in the word "AWARD" and "M" in the word "MERIT" are upper cased. Written in red and gold and in italics, the text reads "TROPHY". "T"in the word "TROPHY" is upper cased and the rest of the letters

Image of 0001.631.001 - Scarf, n.d. Off white lace crochet scarf. Tubular with flared ends. Ends have open work and scalloped edges. Center more closely crocheted.

0001.631.001 - Scarf, n.d. Off white lace crochet scarf. Tubular with flared ends. Ends have open work and scalloped edges. Center more closely crocheted.

Scarf, n.d. Off white lace crochet scarf. Tubular with flared ends. Ends have open work and scalloped edges. Center more closely crocheted.

Image of 0000.228 - Men's Suspenders, c. 1860s. Pink silk with multicolored embroidered floral design with leather and elastic straps and metal button fasteners.

0000.228 - Men's Suspenders, c. 1860s. Pink silk with multicolored embroidered floral design with leather and elastic straps and metal button fasteners.

Men's Suspenders, c. 1860s. Pink silk with multicolored embroidered floral design with leather and elastic straps and metal button fasteners.

Image of 0000.274 - U.S. Flag, 1889. Silk fabric U.S. flag with 39 white stars on a blue ground and 13 red and white stripes. The stars are arranged in rows with the following counts from top to bottom: 6, 7, 7, 6, 7, 6. The edges of the flag are hemmed.

0000.274 - U.S. Flag, 1889. Silk fabric U.S. flag with 39 white stars on a blue ground and 13 red and white stripes. The stars are arranged in rows with the following counts from top to bottom: 6, 7, 7, 6, 7, 6. The edges of the flag are hemmed.

U.S. Flag, 1889. Silk fabric U.S. flag with 39 white stars on a blue ground and 13 red and white stripes. The stars are arranged in rows with the following counts from top to bottom: 6, 7, 7, 6, 7, 6. The edges of the flag are hemmed.

Image of 0000.548 - Copyprint Portrait Photograph of Alexander Gordon, n.d.  Print on paper is mounted under glass inside a wooden frame whose top only is painted a burnished gold color.  Image is printed on white paper with "ALEXANDER GORDON" printed below it.  Partial profile of Gordon shows his head and shoulders and right side.  He is an older gentleman with white hair and long mustache and goatee-style beard.  He is wearing a dark coat and vest, a white shirt with a raised collar and a white bow tie.

0000.548 - Copyprint Portrait Photograph of Alexander Gordon, n.d. Print on paper is mounted under glass inside a wooden frame whose top only is painted a burnished gold color. Image is printed on white paper with "ALEXANDER GORDON" printed below it. Partial profile of Gordon shows his head and shoulders and right side. He is an older gentleman with white hair and long mustache and goatee-style beard. He is wearing a dark coat and vest, a white shirt with a raised collar and a white bow tie.

Copyprint Portrait Photograph of Alexander Gordon, n.d. Print on paper is mounted under glass inside a wooden frame whose top only is painted a burnished gold color. Image is printed on white paper with "ALEXANDER GORDON" printed below it. Partial profile of Gordon shows his head and shoulders and right side. He is an older gentleman with white hair and long mustache and goatee-style beard. He is wearing a dark coat and vest, a white shirt with a raised collar and a white bow tie.

Image of 0000.654 - Muzzle-loading Dueling Pistol, c. 1850.  Pistol has a curved wooden handle that extends beneath the 5.75" octagonal barrel.  Barrel has a cylindrical center.  Decorative metal piece with scroll work is located on right side only.  Wooden handle has a rounded tapered end.

0000.654 - Muzzle-loading Dueling Pistol, c. 1850. Pistol has a curved wooden handle that extends beneath the 5.75" octagonal barrel. Barrel has a cylindrical center. Decorative metal piece with scroll work is located on right side only. Wooden handle has a rounded tapered end.

Muzzle-loading Dueling Pistol, c. 1850. Pistol has a curved wooden handle that extends beneath the 5.75" octagonal barrel. Barrel has a cylindrical center. Decorative metal piece with scroll work is located on right side only. Wooden handle has a rounded tapered end.

Image of 1975.124.004 - Lace Shawl, c. 1895-1899.  Black machine made lace runner with a large floral and scroll pattern on a small fish net background.  The pattern is mirrored radiating out from the center towards the ends.  Outer edge of lace is cut and follows the edge of the border of large multi-petaled flowers.  Hand sewn selvage edge is made up of small micro loops.

1975.124.004 - Lace Shawl, c. 1895-1899. Black machine made lace runner with a large floral and scroll pattern on a small fish net background. The pattern is mirrored radiating out from the center towards the ends. Outer edge of lace is cut and follows the edge of the border of large multi-petaled flowers. Hand sewn selvage edge is made up of small micro loops.

Lace Shawl, c. 1895-1899. Black machine made lace runner with a large floral and scroll pattern on a small fish net background. The pattern is mirrored radiating out from the center towards the ends. Outer edge of lace is cut and follows the edge of the border of large multi-petaled flowers. Hand sewn selvage edge is made up of small micro loops.

Image of 1975.124.007 - Lace Shawl, c. 1895-1899. Cream colored lace shawl. Edges all around the shawl are scalloped with 2.5 inch between each.  On the outside border are patterns of triangles surrounded tiny connected holes. In the center is a pattern of long zigzags with diamonds in between the zigzags.

1975.124.007 - Lace Shawl, c. 1895-1899. Cream colored lace shawl. Edges all around the shawl are scalloped with 2.5 inch between each. On the outside border are patterns of triangles surrounded tiny connected holes. In the center is a pattern of long zigzags with diamonds in between the zigzags.

Lace Shawl, c. 1895-1899. Cream colored lace shawl. Edges all around the shawl are scalloped with 2.5 inch between each. On the outside border are patterns of triangles surrounded tiny connected holes. In the center is a pattern of long zigzags with diamonds in between the zigzags.

Image of 0001.416.001 - American Flag from Belmont School, May 30, 1899. Strips of red and white cotton linen fabric that have been sewn together to create a striped pattern with red stripes on top and bottom edges. Blue linen square sewn in upper left corner with 45 white stars sewn onto each side. Stars are arranged in 6 rows and the 1st, 3rd and 5th rows are indented slightly more. Left edge has a metal grommet in each corner and the linen has been reinforced/is a heavier weight. On back of that edge is handwriting that reads, "Belmont School  /  May 30, '99 Hopkins  /  1416-1" in black ink. Right side is hemmed. Looks to be machine sewn.

0001.416.001 - American Flag from Belmont School, May 30, 1899. Strips of red and white cotton linen fabric that have been sewn together to create a striped pattern with red stripes on top and bottom edges. Blue linen square sewn in upper left corner with 45 white stars sewn onto each side. Stars are arranged in 6 rows and the 1st, 3rd and 5th rows are indented slightly more. Left edge has a metal grommet in each corner and the linen has been reinforced/is a heavier weight. On back of that edge is handwriting that reads, "Belmont School / May 30, '99 Hopkins / 1416-1" in black ink. Right side is hemmed. Looks to be machine sewn.

American Flag from Belmont School, May 30, 1899. Strips of red and white cotton linen fabric that have been sewn together to create a striped pattern with red stripes on top and bottom edges. Blue linen square sewn in upper left corner with 45 white stars sewn onto each side. Stars are arranged in 6 rows and the 1st, 3rd and 5th rows are indented slightly more. Left edge has a metal grommet in each corner and the linen has been reinforced/is a heavier weight. On back of that edge is handwriting that reads, "Belmont School / May 30, '99 Hopkins / 1416-1" in black ink. Right side is hemmed. Looks to be machine sewn.

Image of 0001.416.002 - American Flag from Belmont School, May 30, 1899. Strips of red and white cotton linen fabric that have been sewn together to create a striped pattern with red stripes on top and bottom edges. Blue linen square sewn in upper left corner with 45 white stars sewn onto each side. Stars are arranged in 6 rows and the 1st, 3rd and 5th rows are indented slightly more. Left edge has a metal grommet in each corner and the linen has been reinforced/is a heavier weight. On back of that edge, near upper corner,  is handwriting that reads, "Belmont School  /  May 30, '99  /  Sierra Hall" in black ink. Right side is hemmed. Looks to be machine sewn.

0001.416.002 - American Flag from Belmont School, May 30, 1899. Strips of red and white cotton linen fabric that have been sewn together to create a striped pattern with red stripes on top and bottom edges. Blue linen square sewn in upper left corner with 45 white stars sewn onto each side. Stars are arranged in 6 rows and the 1st, 3rd and 5th rows are indented slightly more. Left edge has a metal grommet in each corner and the linen has been reinforced/is a heavier weight. On back of that edge, near upper corner, is handwriting that reads, "Belmont School / May 30, '99 / Sierra Hall" in black ink. Right side is hemmed. Looks to be machine sewn.

American Flag from Belmont School, May 30, 1899. Strips of red and white cotton linen fabric that have been sewn together to create a striped pattern with red stripes on top and bottom edges. Blue linen square sewn in upper left corner with 45 white stars sewn onto each side. Stars are arranged in 6 rows and the 1st, 3rd and 5th rows are indented slightly more. Left edge has a metal grommet in each corner and the linen has been reinforced/is a heavier weight. On back of that edge, near upper corner, is handwriting that reads, "Belmont School / May 30, '99 / Sierra Hall" in black ink. Right side is hemmed. Looks to be machine sewn.

Image of 0001.616.002 - Butter Mold, n.d.  Wooden butter mold made of pine with two brass metal hinges.  Made of two L-shaped rectangular sections that are attached with three flat-head screws.  These two sections are hinged together with two small brass hinges, also attached with flat-head screws.  Used to form butter into rectangular blocks.

0001.616.002 - Butter Mold, n.d. Wooden butter mold made of pine with two brass metal hinges. Made of two L-shaped rectangular sections that are attached with three flat-head screws. These two sections are hinged together with two small brass hinges, also attached with flat-head screws. Used to form butter into rectangular blocks.

Butter Mold, n.d. Wooden butter mold made of pine with two brass metal hinges. Made of two L-shaped rectangular sections that are attached with three flat-head screws. These two sections are hinged together with two small brass hinges, also attached with flat-head screws. Used to form butter into rectangular blocks.

Image of 1984.173.004 - Antimacassar, n.d.. Three panel lace mat with repeated clover design. Each panel has ten squares with the same clover design. Entire piece has a scalloped edge.

1984.173.004 - Antimacassar, n.d.. Three panel lace mat with repeated clover design. Each panel has ten squares with the same clover design. Entire piece has a scalloped edge.

Antimacassar, n.d.. Three panel lace mat with repeated clover design. Each panel has ten squares with the same clover design. Entire piece has a scalloped edge.

Image of 0001.767 - Portrait Photograph of Cadet A.H. Payson, c. 1868.  Sepia photograph mounted behind glass in an oval-shaped copper-colored wooden frame with a brown recessed center border.  Head and shoulder portrait of Payson shows him in profile exposing his left side.  He has short brown hair that is parted in the middle and curled up above his ear.  He is wearing a uniform jacket with large ball-shaped brass buttons connected by "ribbons" of embroidery stitching.  Beneath his jacket he is wearing a white collared shirt with the collar folded down; the jacket has no collar.

0001.767 - Portrait Photograph of Cadet A.H. Payson, c. 1868. Sepia photograph mounted behind glass in an oval-shaped copper-colored wooden frame with a brown recessed center border. Head and shoulder portrait of Payson shows him in profile exposing his left side. He has short brown hair that is parted in the middle and curled up above his ear. He is wearing a uniform jacket with large ball-shaped brass buttons connected by "ribbons" of embroidery stitching. Beneath his jacket he is wearing a white collared shirt with the collar folded down; the jacket has no collar.

Portrait Photograph of Cadet A.H. Payson, c. 1868. Sepia photograph mounted behind glass in an oval-shaped copper-colored wooden frame with a brown recessed center border. Head and shoulder portrait of Payson shows him in profile exposing his left side. He has short brown hair that is parted in the middle and curled up above his ear. He is wearing a uniform jacket with large ball-shaped brass buttons connected by "ribbons" of embroidery stitching. Beneath his jacket he is wearing a white collared shirt with the collar folded down; the jacket has no collar.

Image of 0001.886.001 - Ceramic Beer Bottle, c. 1880s.  Crockery ginger beer bottle. Is beige in color with a golden brown tapered top. Rim has a single lip for attaching wire stopper, which is not present. Clear glaze throughout.

0001.886.001 - Ceramic Beer Bottle, c. 1880s. Crockery ginger beer bottle. Is beige in color with a golden brown tapered top. Rim has a single lip for attaching wire stopper, which is not present. Clear glaze throughout.

Ceramic Beer Bottle, c. 1880s. Crockery ginger beer bottle. Is beige in color with a golden brown tapered top. Rim has a single lip for attaching wire stopper, which is not present. Clear glaze throughout.

Image of 0001.917.001-.002 - San Mateo Union High School Cadets Flag, n.d. Dark indigo blue flag is made of silk fabric, is rectangular in shape and has a gold 2" cloth fringe, comprised of twisted cord, around the top, bottom and right sides.  Left side has a 2.875" folded hem on back for inserting a flag pole.  Machine-embroidered on front (and visible from back) in white thread are two inch letters that read, "22 nd. & 23 rd. COMPANIES  /  SAN MATEO UNION  /  HIGH SCHOOL CADETS."  Center line of text is straight while top and bottom lines have a slight curve, arching around the center line.

0001.917.001-.002 - San Mateo Union High School Cadets Flag, n.d. Dark indigo blue flag is made of silk fabric, is rectangular in shape and has a gold 2" cloth fringe, comprised of twisted cord, around the top, bottom and right sides. Left side has a 2.875" folded hem on back for inserting a flag pole. Machine-embroidered on front (and visible from back) in white thread are two inch letters that read, "22 nd. & 23 rd. COMPANIES / SAN MATEO UNION / HIGH SCHOOL CADETS." Center line of text is straight while top and bottom lines have a slight curve, arching around the center line.

San Mateo Union High School Cadets Flag, n.d. Dark indigo blue flag is made of silk fabric, is rectangular in shape and has a gold 2" cloth fringe, comprised of twisted cord, around the top, bottom and right sides. Left side has a 2.875" folded hem on back for inserting a flag pole. Machine-embroidered on front (and visible from back) in white thread are two inch letters that read, "22 nd. & 23 rd. COMPANIES / SAN MATEO UNION / HIGH SCHOOL CADETS." Center line of text is straight while top and bottom lines have a slight curve, arching around the center line.

Image of 0001.943.001 - Shawl, n.d. Shawl made of silk? with dark blue fringe on each end. Dark blue background with a reddish, yellow, and blue floral motifs throughout and on each corner of the shawl.

0001.943.001 - Shawl, n.d. Shawl made of silk? with dark blue fringe on each end. Dark blue background with a reddish, yellow, and blue floral motifs throughout and on each corner of the shawl.

Shawl, n.d. Shawl made of silk? with dark blue fringe on each end. Dark blue background with a reddish, yellow, and blue floral motifs throughout and on each corner of the shawl.

Image of 1975.124.010 - Striped Silk Shawl, c. 1895-1899. Turquoise with red, and white stripes with red on blue lines across and in between stripes with some white tassels attached on each end.

1975.124.010 - Striped Silk Shawl, c. 1895-1899. Turquoise with red, and white stripes with red on blue lines across and in between stripes with some white tassels attached on each end.

Striped Silk Shawl, c. 1895-1899. Turquoise with red, and white stripes with red on blue lines across and in between stripes with some white tassels attached on each end.