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This writing slate belonged to the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the 19th century. Slate boards like this one were primarily owned for schooling, with student practicing writing on one side and arithmetic on the other. Slate boards and slate pencils were more economical than pencils, pens, and paper and were the most popular writing instrument for schoolchildren during the 19th century.
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.
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Object Name
date made
1800 - 1870
Associated Date
Copp Family
place made
United States: New England
place owned; place used
United States: Connecticut, Stonington
Physical Description
slate (writing surface material)
wood (frame material)
iron (nails material)
brass (thumbtacks material)
overall: 10 1/4 in x 8 3/8 in x 1/2 in; 26.035 cm x 21.2725 cm x 1.27 cm
writing surface: 8 in x 6 1/8 in; 20.32 cm x 15.5575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
John Brenton Copp
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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