Maynard-Burgess House Artifacts: Laundry and adornment


crochet hook
wooden spool

Bone crochet hook.

Wooden spool for thread.

clothes pin
clothes pin

Two wooden clothes pins.

Copper alloy thimble.

Half of a locket made of a copper alloy.

Twelve naval uniform buttons.  Looking at census records from the second half of the 19th century and the early portion of the 20th century showed that many of the women in the Maynard and Burgess families found employment as laundresses.  Many of these women were also recorded as working at the Naval Academy, which is why a large number of buttons from naval uniforms were uncovered in the backyard, where the laundry would have been done.

hand of Fatima charm
hand of Fatima charm

Two Hand of Fatima charms.  These symbols initially came to the United States with African slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries, and are Islamic in origin.  The Hand of Fatima is traditionally worn for protection from evil/spirits.