Crayon Holder

This is a homemade crayon holder belonging to the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut. The wooden holder could have been used for holding either typical wax crayons or chalk. Crayon holders were used during scholastic work to write on slates as well as color and draw.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
Object Name
holder, crayon
date made
ca 1795
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
colonial (overall style)
overall: 5 1/4 in; 13.335 cm
overall: 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in x 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 13.0175 cm x 1.27 cm
place made
United States: New England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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