Coal Carving

This coal carving was donated to the museum by James R. Deegan of Hazelton, Pennsylvania in 1971. Jet coal was used for most coal carvings due to its hard nature and ability to be polished to a high shine, although sometimes anthracite coal was substituted. Coal was often carved to create jewelry, small statues, or images engraved on a polished surface, like the donkey seen here.
overall: 3 1/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 1 in; 8.255 cm x 15.875 cm x 2.54 cm
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James R. Deegan in the name of William J. Deegan
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National Museum of American History
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