The Nantucket Historical Association has over 15,000 artifacts in its collection reflecting the variety of island life from the native Wampanoags and the earliest European settlers through the pinnacle of whaling to it’s special place as a destination for today’s discerning visitors. This topic explores just some of these unique objects.
- Scrimshaw Swifts… not so quick after all.
The intricately made scrimshaw swift is a grand, eye-catching device, a masterpiece of folk art. Even the simplest and plainest...More Read more from Scrimshaw Swifts… not so quick after all.
- What is a swift?
Swifts are used to wind skeins of yarn into balls. Historic examples are often elaborately constructed, sometimes consisting of more...More Read more from What is a swift?
- Pie Crimper
Pie crimper, nineteenth century Unknown maker Ivory, ebony, tortoiseshell, brass Gift of Robert M. Waggaman 1991.101.202 Pie crimpers are devices...More Read more from Pie Crimper
Harpoons were not intended to kill a whale, but to attach a line by implanting the harpoon’s barbed head into...More Read more from Harpoons
- The Walter Folger Clock
The Honorable Walter Folger Jr. (1765-1849) was a self-taught mathematician, scientist, and astronomer, as well as a lawyer, inventor and...More Read more from The Walter Folger Clock
- Processing History
One of my favorite things to do is receive and arrange new donations, especially collections of photographs. I’ll be sitting...More Read more from Processing History
- Ship’s Logs and Journals at the NHA Research Library
“Tuesday June the 16th [Day] 482. Commences with moderate trades, course S at 4 PM Long. by Chro. 137.37.15, Course...More Read more from Ship’s Logs and Journals at the NHA Research Library
- Cartes-de-Visite – the first pocket photographs
One of the most immediate ways to experience history is to give it a face. Hairstyles, lace collars, jewelry, literally...More Read more from Cartes-de-Visite – the first pocket photographs
- Daguerreotypes : First Photographs
In the vault of the NHA Research Library, there are several boxes filled with small wood or leather cases, each...More Read more from Daguerreotypes : First Photographs