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Coal Carving

Coal Carving

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Description
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.
Object Name
carving, coal
Measurements
overall: 3 1/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 1 in; 8.255 cm x 15.875 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9642
catalog number
MHI-MN-9642
accession number
288159
Credit Line
James R. Deegan in the name of William J. Deegan
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American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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