Spherical Glass Target

Description
Molded glass ball. Amber colored, with a cross-hatched pattern overall, and band running around ball through center which reads: “BOGARDUS’ GLASS BALL PATD APR 1877.” Original intended use was for practice-shooting, the opening (pike) of this ball has been wrapped in thin metal wire to be used as a Christmas tree decoration. Patent Office Record: Patent Record #US000189422; April 10, 1877; Adam H. Bogardus; for "spherical glass targets". It is unclear how long this model was in production, but Bogardus died in 1913.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1877-1913
maker
Bogardus
place made
United States: Illinois, Elkhart
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
yellow (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere (ornament shape)
metal (hanger material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
DL.298065.0280
catalog number
298065.0280
accession number
298065
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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