A two piece iron padlock with a set of two different keys and a tag. The lock consists of two separate cast iron pieces, the body (a) and the shackle (b). There is a raised five-pointed star around the keyhole. The body contains a cylinder which moves to engage the lock and shackle. The shackle is a “U” shaped cylinder with notches that engage with the cylinder. There is a small rectangular key hole in the oval shaped bottom that has a raised five-pointed star around it. There is a ridge around the circumference of the oval.
The padlock is accompanied by two different keys on a metal key ring (c). There is a cast iron key that has a flat blade with a square or notch like serrations on both sides, and an oval bow with large holes side by side. This key opens the lock. There is also a cast brass skeleton key that has a cylindrical shaft with a rectangular blade at the end with rectangular notches or serrations. The bow is an oval with a double concave hexagonal center slot flanked by two ovals. The third item attached to the ring is a circular flat iron tag.
A silver container and lid. The bottom (a) and lid (b) are both circular with bulbous sides, though the bottom has a more gradual curve than the lid. The bottom has a beaded pattern around the lower edge and the lid has a beaded design around the top where the bulbous side meets the top. The initials [MM] or [WW] are engraved at the top center of the lid. Engraved on the lid is the text [STERLING / B1161M] with a bell under it.
A white ceramic pitcher and washbowl set with a decorative pink floral motif. The pitcher's (.1) top rim is shaped in a scalloped pattern which alternates small and large curves, the largest being shaped into the spout. Opposite the spout is a handle that is attached to the side of the neck at the top and the belly, just below the shoulder, at the bottom. The pitcher sits on a circular foot. The lowest two inches of the belly has a scalloped pattern in the porcelain. The pitcher has a glazed surface. On the smooth exterior surface sits an applied transfer ware floral design in pink. The scalloped rim has a gold line painted along the circumference, as does the ridge at the base of the neck, and down the center of the handle that fork into two lines towards the top.
The white porcelain ceramic washbowl (.2) has a round, wide-mouthed, somewhat shallow bowl. The top rim has a double ridge lip. The bowl sits on a circular ridge of a base. The bowl has a glazed surface. The smooth inside is decorated with an applied transfer ware floral design in pink, while the outside is white with a scallop pattern in the porcelain on the lower half. The upper rim has a gold line painted along the circumference, as does the bowl itself along the top edge of the scallop pattern.
A wood étagère with five shelves. Each shelf has a scalloped front edge and a higher, more detailed scalloped back edge. There are two finials on the outside corners of the four lower shelves; however the finial on the left side of the bottom shelf is broken. The top shelf has three finials, two on the outside corners and one in the back corner. The étagère has wear marks throughout and some discoloration.
A cabinet card with an albumen print of three (3) unidentified women and seven (7) unidentified children posed on the porch of a wooden house. The women all sit in chairs, with one woman seated at the right background alone. The other two women are surrounded by the children who are seated and standing, with one young child in the lap of one of the women. The building is surrounded by a swept yard and a rough-hewn fence. The title "Folks Al [sic] Home" is imprinted in the lower left facing side of the image. The photographer's name and address are printed in black ink on the reverse of the gray card mount, with an additional handwritten inscription on the back with the name Herman Barthmaier.
Cast iron sad iron with a pointed elliptical base where the points are at the front and back of the sad iron. The base has a flat bottom and uniform sides. The top surface has a ridge around the perimeter and two ridges in the center that follow the shape of the base where the handle base sits and is tightened. There is a small tightening knob in the center of the top surface. The top surface has [ENTERPRISE / MFG CO PHILA. PA] in the cast following the shape of the base. There is a half circle cylindrical shaped handle attached at each long end of the base.
A silver handheld mirror with an elongated bulbous handle that narrows before flowing into an oval mirror. The top is adorned in repoussé acanthus scrollwork and the underside holds an oval beveled edge mirror.
Decorative silver handled brush. There is a monogrammed engraved "M" at the center of the handle. This brush consists of a comb holder and comb strips of bristles. It is an elongated oval or a rectangle with half circular short ends. The outer covering of the handle is sterling silver with an egg and dart pattern around the circumference of the upper ridge. The silver covers a wooden comb holder insert housing 1 ½” semi-stiff yellow horsehair bristles. The wood is covered in thin wood or plastic veneer with circular holes for the horsehair to pass through. The silver is adorned in repoussé floral scrollwork. A maker’s mark is stamped into the side that reads [BLACK STARR & FROST.] with a tiny falcon with its head turned to the proper right. Also stamped into the side is the text [STERLING 37]. The initials [MM] or [WW] are engraved on the top surface.