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Small, horizontal rectangular stencil cut with the name "M.a. Shakespear." in roman letters along an undulating line with five-pointed stars and two feathery flourishes above and below. Plate is unevenly turned over along all four edges and countersunk to a zinc frame with horizontal oval window on back. No 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.
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Object Name
date made
1865 - 1895
place made
United States
Physical Description
brass (stencil plate material)
zinc (frame material)
overall: 1/16 in x 2 5/8 in x 1 1/8 in;.15875 cm x 6.6675 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Eula B. Lewis
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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