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From the Collection

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various objects on display that are all ruby coloured

Featured items

There are more than 18,000 items in the museum's permanent collection. Each month we showcase a few for your viewing pleasure. For our latest items, see the Museum's Facebook page.

 Ostrich feather cape

ostrich feather capeMade on an ostrich farm in South Africa between 1936 and 1938, this white ostrich feather cape is one of only three ever made. Lined with satin, it's no surprise that the other two of these luxury capes were sold to British royalty! A statement piece, similar styles are still sought after today.

Donated to our collection by the Shook family.

vintage noisemakerMade of tin, wire, and wood, this noisemaker was made around the 1940's and 1950's. Despite the Halloween themed pictures of a black cat, jack-o-lanterns, the moon, a witch, and the devil, the donor used this noisemaker during a chivaree for newlyweds.
 Grasshopper ointment

grasshopper ointment in a metal tinA product first introduced to the pharmaceutical market in 1884, Albert's Grasshopper Ointment was still in use up until 1989. Known as a "certain cure for bad legs and every known disease," it was copper acetate and not grasshoppers that gave the ointment its green tint appropriate to the name.

Donated to our collection by the Rabb Family