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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1891-1914
Classification: Clothing

Known as a Pickelhaube (spiked helmet) and made of hardened leather and brass (or aluminiumbronze), the helmet has a bulbous shape with short front visor and long curved neck guard (allied troops called them “lobster tails” during World War I). A tall brass spike extends upward from a plate on top of the helmet and an impressive Wappen (coat of arms) featuring a large spread eagle is attached to the front of the helmet.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1911
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In 1904, John Sloan married Anna “Dolly” Wall and the couple moved from Philadelphia to New York, settling in Chelsea. The neighborhood had a shabby bohemian quality that appealed to them. According to Sloan’s second wife, Helen Farr Sloan, the artist first conceived of the etching series called New York City Life as he pounded the pavement in search of illustration work in Manhattan. The artist later recalled:

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1942
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

As he worked on his portraits of artists, Arnold Newman befriended many of them, and visited them several times. They often exchanged works, a common practice among artists, who generally could not afford to purchase the works they admired.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1890
Classification: Household Accessories

The buff earthenware pitcher rises from a bulbous bottom through a gently waisted form to a long trumpet-shaped neck and opening with spout. The pitcher is decorated in Rookwood Pottery’s Standard glaze, showing pink clover with green leaves rendered in colored slips on a brown ground and covered with a glossy glaze. The ear-shaped handle was molded and applied to the body, which had earlier been thrown on a potter’s wheel.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1885-1900
Classification: Household Accessories

The tall wrought iron plant stand has a flat top with a tall lip shaped as a series of lambrequins. The straight standard is attached to the top with c-shaped strap brackets having large curls at the top. A rose vine with blossoms entwines around the standard and is finished near the bottom with a cup of three long leaves arranged vertically.