Walking cane used by Congressman Thaddeus Stevens late in life. Made of a tree branch with irregularities and smoothed knots; unusual wood with pronounced grain. Grip end curves into a burled knob. Glossy finish.
Silver cap on tip of grip is engraved: "This cane / was the property / of Hon. Thaddeus Stevens / during his latter days. / Presented to H.A. Zug, 1868." Bottom end wrapped with a 1.25" wide brass collar and an iron tip.
Zug's relationship to Stevens is unknown. Henry A. Zug (22 Aug 1825 - 22 Apr 1890) married Fannie Hershey (5 Jul 1819 - ??) on 19 Nov 1844. Resided in Lancaster City.
In 1871 Henry Zug was a pharmaceutist at 44 E. Chestnut.
In 1873-74 Zug was a custom house inspector at 41 W. Orange St.
1880 Census says Zug was a "dealer in produce".
Death ceritificate of 1890 notes occupation as "druggist supplies".
His daughter, donor Lola Zug (9 Dec 1861 - 28 Jul 1952), was unmarried and a teacher in city.
Framed print of Thaddeus Stevens. Published by J.E. Barr, Lancaster, PA. Engraved by John Sartain, Phila. After a photograph from life by C. W. Eberman. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1867 by J.E. Barr in the clerk's office of the U.S. for the Eastern
Engraving of Thaddeus Stevens, Artist Proof by John Sartain
Print of Thaddeus Stevens; artist proof signed by John Sartain and Thaddeus Stevens; matted, some loss. Fair condition.
Additional information related to the print can be found in LancasterHistory library book 923.2 S846po. This book indicates that the print was taken from an 1862 photograph. The book also includes information advertising the print as well as testimonials from local newspapers and Stevens himself confirming the likeness. The letter (or a copy of it) from Stevens that is transcribed at the beginning of the book is folded into the back pages. A subscribers' list at the back of the booklet shows the 1867 price for the print: an artist's copy is $15. The booklet identifies the print as a steel engraving.
John Sartain was an important nineteenth-century printmaker, who moved from England to the United States and is credited with pioneering mezzotint engraving in the United States.
Metal round disc with profile image of male, facing left. "THADDEUS STEVENS" in raised letters above profile; Laurel wreath under profile. Attached to ribbon 1930.025.001. Metal rectangular bar attached to top of ribbon; bar reads "LANCASTER, PA." Alice Malone, local artist, is credited with the design of the medal image.
Note: The ribbon and medal were given to LCHS by two different donors and then placed together. See 1930.025.001. The medal commemorates the Prince Hall Mason conclave held in Lancaster. Information on the Prince Hall Masons can be found in the notes section.
Despite Stevens’ opposition to Freemasonry, the Prince Hall Masons felt a special connection to Stevens. Prince Hall, founder of this branch of Freemasonry, was an abolitionist and leader in the free Black community of eighteenth century Boston. Those who assembled in Lancaster for this particular Grand Conclave assembled, in part, to honor Stevens’ contributions to combating racism and promoting social justice.
An article that appeared in the Intelligencer Journal on Saturday, August 30, 1930 provided an important clue as to why this Grand Conclave chose to honor Stevens. The article included the subheading “Installation of New Officials Marks End of Convention Here” and contained the following text:
John Washington, of Philadelphia, was elected right eminent grand commander of the grand commandery, Knights Templar of Pennsylvania, Prince Hall affiliation, at the annual election of officers that featured the closing of the 98th annual conclave in this city on Friday.
About 250 persons, including Sir Knights and members of the Ladies’ auxiliary, participated in the parade during the afternoon. Stopping at Shreiner’s cemetery, West Chestnut and Mulberry streets, the officers placed two floral wreaths on the grave of Thaddeus Stevens.
Today, the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, consists of three subordinate lodges; an Eastern Region based in Philadelphia, a Central Region based in Harrisburg, and a Western Region based in Pittsburgh.
Printed portrait of Thaddeus Stevens with full head of curly hair and stern gaze. Mounted in old molded oak frame with handcut paper window mat.
Under bust is "THADDEUS STEVENS: "OLD COMMONER./ APRIL 4, 1792 - AUGUST 11, 1808/ Chairman Committee of Ways and Means of U.S. House of Representatives during the Civil War./ FEARLESS CHAMPION OF FREEDOM FOR THE OPPRESSED./ His unique service to the Common schools of Pennsylvania lay in retaining upon the Statue Book the Law of 1834 against the will and purpose of the majority of a Legislature elected and pledged to its repeal. In old age he spoke of this stern contest/ with much interest, and seemed to regard the memorable speech of April 11, 1835, in its results to the cause of General Education in the Commonwealth the best work of his life."
At the bottom left is "Engraved by Rea.", at center is "Lincoln Art Series: Copyright 1899, by J.P. McCaskey, Publisher, Lancaster, Pa." and at right is "Photograph by Eberman." Lower section of image has engraver's name "REA Sc."
McCaskey was a lifelong educator, principal & longtime writer of The Pennsylvania School Journal. Bio Annals notes he was a proponent of memory work in literature and he produced and displayed good portraits of notables in education (Thaddeus Stevens, Thomas Burrowes, etc.) appropriate mottoes, vocal and instrumental music, etc. In his later years, McCaskey published at lease 20 engraved images, called the "Lincoln Art Series," for display in homes and schools. He distributed many thousand copies to all parts of the country. Sometime during is long career as educator he was awarded and honorary M.A. degree and later a PhD. degree, both from Franklin and Marshall College (Bio Annals) (Written by Wendell Zercher)
Minor stains with liquid stains at very bottom (sitting in damp area), incipient breaks and creases run horizontally in several areas. Silverfish damage scattered mostly at bottom and around top & sides of image. one spot of damage under tie.
Frame is dark on face with some wear. Framing materials acidic and unprofessional.
Portrait of Thaddeus Stevens in gold-painted oval frame, an 1867 mezzotint of an 1862 photograph. Stevens' left shoulder is right front and he faces left. He wears a suit jacket, vest, white shirt with buttons and thin knotted necktie around the stand-up collar.
Typed on paper on back of piece: "Thaddeus Stevens./ The great commoner and promoter of the public school system/ practised (sic) law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania/ Uncle William T. Fulton, Esq., of Oxford, Chester Co. Pennsylvania,/ studied law under Thaddeus Stevens./ My father, Hugh R. Fulton, Esq., was a great admirer of Stevens/ and delivered lectures on his philosophy./ This picture, in its oval frame, hung in father's office,/ above his desk, throughout his fifty eight years practising (sic) law/ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania."
Below, written cursively in ink: "This should go to the/ Lancaster County/ Historical Society-/ E. J. Fulton"
Two part desk in dark stained wood with drawers in lower portion and cubicles in upper portion. Owned by Thaddeus Stevens. No surface decoration; legs are turned. Six sections of cubicles: upper right four tall dividers, lower left nine small roughly square cubbies, upper right six roughly square cubbies, lower right four tall cubbies, upper middle two large sections. Slant top desk in middle, left and right are flat surfaces. Three drawers on left and right. Small Gothic style arches on skirt below the slanted desk section.
Donated by Judge William Jacobs in 1923 to the Historical Society of Daphin County. Donated by HSDC to LancsterHistory.org
Judge Jacobs born Jan. 27, 1850 in Gettysburg, PA
Died Jan 11, 1929 Lower Allen Twp, Cumberland County. PA
graduated Pennsylvania College 1867, admitted to Adams County Bar in 1871. Professor of Law at Dickenson College of Law, 1891-92.
Judge Jacobs father was Rev. Michael Jacobs D.D. 1808-1871 Buried in Gettysburg.He taught Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the PA College in Gettysburg. He became well known for his meteorologist records of weather conditions at the Battle of Gettysburg and his home is pointed out on the National Park tours in the town. He was the pastor of the Lutheran campus church for the college.
Rev. David Jacobs was Rev. Michael's brother who entered Gettysburg College/Lutheran Theological Seminary and was in the schools first class, later teaching at the school.
The family knew Thaddeus Stevens through their connections with the school.
2 Wooden pegs for a clothes rail that was inside the Lydia Hamilton Smith house.
Handwritten note in file reads "Pegs for clothes rail, from / the attic of the Lydia Smith House / 23 E. Vine St. Lancaster."
May have been found at the same time as baluster 2022.999.006. See note in catalog record from email exhange with Barry Rauhauser - Object most likely found during the construction of the hotel and convention center or maybe even later. I remember we did spend a day there cleaning up the site, and maybe it was something we found during the cleanup day.
Set of dark wooden candlesticks. "These candlesticks Mr. William Mellor who was then superintendent of the Thaddeus Stevens Industrial School Lanc. Pa. - Presented to Judge Charles I. Landis March 4, 1921 ["I give both to the Lancaster Historical Society J(?) Landis"] The Mahoganey is from handrail of stairs in home of The Honorable Thaddeus Stevens ["4th"] South Queen St.
Charcoal portrait on poster board ('Nat Mat Cardboards').. Drawn from neck up, "Thaddeus Stevens" is looking to the viewer's right. Artist J.A. Jolly has printed his name beneath Stevens' left shoulder. Cut-out printed black uppercase letters are attached beneath the drawing: "THADDEUS STEVENS." The surface appears to have been sprayed with a matte finish.
On reverse, written on taped-on white piece of paper: "Drawn by/ James Arthur Jolly/ April 1967/ 17 Mary St./ Millersville, Pa./Asst. Prof., M.S.C./ Memb. Lanc. Co. Hist. Soc."
Copy of a portrait of Thaddeus Stevens on stiff paper. The name, "THADDEUS STEVENS," is below the portrait of Stevens' head and shoulders in an oval bordered with a strand of leaves. Stevens face and shirt are white against a darker background. Stevens' signature appears beneath the portrait in the lower right margin.
Directly beneath to portrait in tiny font on the left: "AFTER A PHOTOGRAPH FROM LIFE BY C. W. EBERMAN."
In the center: "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1867. By J. E. Barr, in the clerk's office of the district court of the U.S. for the eastern district of Pennsylvania./ Published by J.E.Barr, Lancaster, Penna."
Within that the framed portrait and signature measure 16.5" wide x 21.25 high.
Fair to Good
Brown acidification overall. Remnants of pieces of masking tape, 4 pieces on the back edges. On front, 2 remain, hard glue from one remains and the fourth was torn off. There is a 3-inch tear on bottom left edge. Brown lines indicate edges of mat when portrait was framed.
On back, brown border all around. The 15" x 20.5" area that is reverse of portrait is lighter in color since it had been taped/glued. The upper portion of the center piece shows many brown dots including some dark heavy blot-like stains, remnants of liquid? One cluster of these has soaked through to the front of the piece. There are indentations on all four sides from nails/tacks.
Commemorative Medal for Thaddeus Stevens. Copper-colored medal with relief image of Thadeus Stevens 1792-1868 on one side and "Champion of Free Schools Friend of the Poor and Down-Trodden" on the other. Enclosed in a green velvet box with an American eagle in gold set into lower right hand corner. Produced by the U.S. Mint
Servants bell used by Thaddeus Stevens. Has thin, disk-shaped stone base with bell mounted above, encircled by a decorative housing comprised of three Mother of Pear shells, floral and vining grapes of copper, and external copper clapper suspended from an arching copper wire. Stone base supports a brass pierced gallery encircling the bell.