Small, horizontal rectangular stencil cut with the name "Frankie Mead" in ornamented roman letters arched between five-pointed stars and arcs. Plate is turned over along all four edges and countersunk to a zinc frame with horizontal oval window on back. Several office stamps (all in black ink) appear across plate front, including "OFFICE OF", "SALE BY" and "[RETU]RN IN TEN DAYS TO". No other marks.
Name stencils such as this are often referred to as calling card stencils, but were used to mark a variety of items, including clothing, textiles, boxes or containers, etc.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1865 - 1895
Physical Description
brass (stencil plate material)
zinc (frame material)
overall: 1/16 in x 3 in x 1 1/4 in; .15875 cm x 7.62 cm x 3.175 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Eula B. Lewis
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