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Image of 0002.133 - Oriental Rug, pre-1961. Multicolored cashmere wool with a geometric design that incorporates floral and animal motifs. The center medallion has a blue cross that contains a red flower with a green dot at center. The interior of the outer edge, which is brown, has alternating white anchor shapes and red flowers with blue centers. Moving outward, the next section of the design has a yellow ground with a floral motif of red, pink, white, and blue flowers with green vines interspersed with brown and tan single leaves (oak leaf?). This has a thin brown, red, blue, and white border. The outer section of the medallion has a dark blue ground with alternating animal and floral shapes in tan, blue, red, pink, green, gold, and white. This section also has a thin border of red, white, and brown with an additional border of red serpentine outline on a brown ground. On either side of the central medallion are two vertical medallions with a gold center and a blue outline with red serpentine fringe and a floral motif in the center that is red, blue, white, and green. Outside of these in a smaller additional vertical dark blue medallion is a yellow flower pointing to the right and left sides respectively. It also has a similar serpentine border. The medallions are placed within light gray or tan ground with a multiple color floral and vine motif. The design described thus far appears within a rectangular rose-colored border with a serpentine gold design interspersed with brown and red circular designs. Inside the rose border, brown and red animal(?) motifs appear at the corners on blue ground. These have a gold border with alternating red diamonds and green hearts on the interior side. Between this border and the outer blue serpentine border of the medallion is a red ground with blue, pink, green, gold, white, and brown floral motifs. The outer rectangular border consists of a wide strip of blue flanked by smaller lines of rose all heavily decorated. On the dark blue outer border is an ornate red serpentine inner border interspersed with blue, red, white, green, and gold floral motifs. The outer right and left sides are finished with small knots.

0002.133 - Oriental Rug, pre-1961. Multicolored cashmere wool with a geometric design that incorporates floral and animal motifs. The center medallion has a blue cross that contains a red flower with a green dot at center. The interior of the outer edge, which is brown, has alternating white anchor shapes and red flowers with blue centers. Moving outward, the next section of the design has a yellow ground with a floral motif of red, pink, white, and blue flowers with green vines interspersed with brown and tan single leaves (oak leaf?). This has a thin brown, red, blue, and white border. The outer section of the medallion has a dark blue ground with alternating animal and floral shapes in tan, blue, red, pink, green, gold, and white. This section also has a thin border of red, white, and brown with an additional border of red serpentine outline on a brown ground. On either side of the central medallion are two vertical medallions with a gold center and a blue outline with red serpentine fringe and a floral motif in the center that is red, blue, white, and green. Outside of these in a smaller additional vertical dark blue medallion is a yellow flower pointing to the right and left sides respectively. It also has a similar serpentine border. The medallions are placed within light gray or tan ground with a multiple color floral and vine motif. The design described thus far appears within a rectangular rose-colored border with a serpentine gold design interspersed with brown and red circular designs. Inside the rose border, brown and red animal(?) motifs appear at the corners on blue ground. These have a gold border with alternating red diamonds and green hearts on the interior side. Between this border and the outer blue serpentine border of the medallion is a red ground with blue, pink, green, gold, white, and brown floral motifs. The outer rectangular border consists of a wide strip of blue flanked by smaller lines of rose all heavily decorated. On the dark blue outer border is an ornate red serpentine inner border interspersed with blue, red, white, green, and gold floral motifs. The outer right and left sides are finished with small knots.

Record Type: Object

Image of 2016.015.002.37 - Raychem EZF 59/6 Cable Preparation Tool, c. 1990s. Used in cable television installation, this Raychem Corporation accessory was used to prepare and install connectors on series 59 and series 6 coaxial cables. 
The tool has two black plastic levers connected at a spring-loaded metal fulcrum. The jaws of the tool are rectangular with rounded edges. A red plastic section at the front of the jaws holds two metal blades. The upper handle of the tool tapers at top and bottom to a flat rounded end. The lower handle is rectangular and has a 0.25” hole through the side for use as a port measurement gauge. A metal cylindrical “dummy” cable port is located on the top of the tool. 
The first function of the tool was cutting through outer layers of coaxial cable. The user would squeeze the handles to open the jaws and place the end of a piece of cable into a v-shaped groove with a stop at one end. The handles would be released, closing the jaws around the cable, and then the tool would be rotated clockwise until it turned freely. Pressure could also be applied to the top and bottom of the jaws to cut through the cable jacket. After being cut, the outer layers of the cable could be removed by hand, exposing the conductive wire at the center. 
The second function of the tool would be to compress a connector and cable assembly.  The exposed wire at the end of a cable would be threaded through a channel in a piece of cable connector hardware. The connector and cable assembly would then be threaded by hand onto the metal “dummy” port on the top of the tool and tightened with a wrench to form a mechanical seal around the wire.

2016.015.002.37 - Raychem EZF 59/6 Cable Preparation Tool, c. 1990s. Used in cable television installation, this Raychem Corporation accessory was used to prepare and install connectors on series 59 and series 6 coaxial cables. The tool has two black plastic levers connected at a spring-loaded metal fulcrum. The jaws of the tool are rectangular with rounded edges. A red plastic section at the front of the jaws holds two metal blades. The upper handle of the tool tapers at top and bottom to a flat rounded end. The lower handle is rectangular and has a 0.25” hole through the side for use as a port measurement gauge. A metal cylindrical “dummy” cable port is located on the top of the tool. The first function of the tool was cutting through outer layers of coaxial cable. The user would squeeze the handles to open the jaws and place the end of a piece of cable into a v-shaped groove with a stop at one end. The handles would be released, closing the jaws around the cable, and then the tool would be rotated clockwise until it turned freely. Pressure could also be applied to the top and bottom of the jaws to cut through the cable jacket. After being cut, the outer layers of the cable could be removed by hand, exposing the conductive wire at the center. The second function of the tool would be to compress a connector and cable assembly. The exposed wire at the end of a cable would be threaded through a channel in a piece of cable connector hardware. The connector and cable assembly would then be threaded by hand onto the metal “dummy” port on the top of the tool and tightened with a wrench to form a mechanical seal around the wire.

Record Type: Object