A hand-operated embossing machine used by Claflin University. The exterior is painted black, with paint chipping away throughout surface. The embosser stands flat on a beveled base that is curved on two opposing sides, each containing a hole through the base at the end. The mechanism has a long, rounded lever, with a silver plated top on the end, hinged at the body of the embosser on the opposite side, with a spring element underneath, and is used to push the cylinder element into whatever material will be embossed. Below the cylindrical element, there is a two-tiered base, the bottom being circular with relief type (illegible) on the top, the other sitting on the top curved with straight ends in an oblong shape. There is a slit for the material being embossed to slide into between the pedestal and the cylinder. The main body of embosser has a relief 5-point star, painted red, with gold lines coming off of it, on both sides.
A hardcover book titled “The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan” written by Thomas F. Dixon. The 374-paged book has a red cover with white lettering. The front pastedown page has a bookplate adhered to it at top left. The bookplate reads “LIBRARY OF / LEON W. Schumann / No. Date.” An inscription written in black ink is located on the front free endpaper at center. The inscription reads “Bessie / from / Uncle Aaron / Christmas, 1915.” The work is the second volume in a Ku Klux Klan trilogy by Dixon that included The Leopard's Spots and The Traitor. The novel is set in Reconstruction-era United States and concerns the Klan's role in protecting white Southerners from carpetbaggers and an oppressive government that would turn former enslaved persons against white Southerners.