April 2019 Antique Toolbox

Take a look at this set of objects from the collection of Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum: Can you correctly identify how they were used? 

Can you identify these objects? Send your guess, including your full name and hometown, to Jennifer Kopf at jkopf@LNPnews.com with "Antique Toolbox" in the subject line, or mail to Jennifer Kopf/Antique Toolbox, LNP Media Group, 8 W. King St., P.O. Box 1328, Lancaster, PA 17608-1328.

Tools used in this feature are part of the permanent collection of Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.


Head jug

Jennifer Royer, curator at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, says that this is a 5 1/2-inch tall redware head jug made in the 19th century by an unidentified maker.

Head jugs have a ritual significance in Switzerland for healing illnesses that were believed to reside in the head. Two head jugs currently are on display in Landis Valley’s redware exhibit, “Thrown, Fired and Glazed: The Redware Tradition from Pennsylvania and Beyond.”


There were no correct answers this month.


A stand for powdered wigs: Lititz, Nazareth; a shaper for hat makers: Lancaster; a string holder: Lancaster, Middletown; an early version of the “chia pet” for sprouting grasses and seeds: Kirkwood, Lancaster, Lititz, Manheim, Millersville, Monaca; an urn: Denver; inkwell: Denver; a “lucifer” holder for matches: Manheim; a pie vent: Nazareth; a vessel for oils, Lancaster.