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Annapolis Heritage Society

Album


Accession number: 009.4.46 .1
Category: Memorabilia
Object type: documentary artifact
Date: circa 1830
Measurements: 24.5 cm L x 15 cm W x 1.5 cm DepthDepth 1.5 cm thickness.
Marks/Label: Water marked on second and third pages: C . W. Wilmot 1827
Description: Marbelized brown leather, quarter bound with brown leather, gilt decorations on spine comprised of six single floral motifs spaced along the length of the spine, separated by seven sections of gold bands and fleur de lis borders. 9 cm x 4 cm black rectangle in centre of front cover, delicatly encesed border, banded gold outer border, " ALBUM"  embossed in gold. Inside covers and end papers marbelized, light brown shaded background with veins and beotches of black, beige and red. Paper nameplate label affixed inside first page; 5 cm x 2.5 cm, lush floral swag with banner reading "ISABELL CHIPMAN". Handwritten collection of poetry and short essays. Entries are written in several different hands; most seen to be of a religious/inspirational nature. Most are unsigned. Several are dated and placed " Kentville" or "Bridgetown". One whimsical entry stands out: " An Album: An album! Prythee what is it? A book like this I'm shown. Kept to be fill'd by others' wit. By people who have none". First entries seem to have been made in 1830. Latest entry date - 1878.
History of Use: Runciman house artifact: house built in 1817 by Rev. John Millidge. George Runciman took possession in early 1840s. In 1978 the property transferred to Heritage Canada. Sold to private owner in 2009, at which point many artifacts from the house were given to AHS by Heritage Canada.