In the past, the Daughters of the American Revolution were only interested in tracing their descent from patriots while sipping tea with pinkies extended. Judging from the exhibition that closes tomorrow at their museum in Washington, the Daughters have retracted their pinkies a bit.
The DAR Museum will showcase some of its strangest and most intriguing collection items in the exhibition, "Obsolete, Odd and Absolutely Ooky Stuff from the DAR Museum Vaults," on display from March 10 - September 2, 2006. Included in the exhibit are objects from the 18th and 19th century that were useful, in-fashion and even innovative at the time, but now seem so unusual it is hard to believe the objects were ever real.
On display are such wonders as a glass dachshund to drink from, jewelry made from human hair, a Revolutionary-era mousetrap, and a snuffbox made from a ram's head. For those fascinated by early American medical care, the exhibit offers an earwax spoon, tooth extractors and a variety of bloodletting instruments. [Link]