The Highlights exhibit provides a special opportunity for the museum to display a selection of artifacts so that visitors can learn more about our collections. While there is not a thematic presentation to these exhibits, objects have been chosen for their interest and significance. Some, but not all, relate to the Civil War.
The 4-in-1 machine is a recent gift from Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing, Russell Gilman. This machine was made for the U.S. Navy and used on destroyers during WWII when they needed small, compact machines that could perform more than one operation. This 4-in-1 can operate as a lathe and milling machine as well as perform boring and drilling functions.
Some of the other machines on display include the Bridgeport Milling Machine, Serial #1, made by the Bridgeport (CT) Pattern and Model Works. After its introduction in 1938, this became the most popular milling machine of the 20th century.
The Flat Turret Lathe was designed by James Hartness, Jones & Lamson, 1896. This lathe eventually became J&L’s most significant product, becoming an important machine in the rapidly growing U.S. auto industry in the early 1900s.
Also featured in the Highlights exhibit are firearms from the museum’s collections. These include the work of early Windsor gunmakers like Nicanor Kendall, whose 1840 rifle, serial number 915, is considered to be a ‘deluxe’ model. This rifle is unusual because the serial number, in addition to being on the gunstock, also appears on the hammer, sight, and ramrod. This rifle was a recent gift from Terry Tyler, Dorset VT.
All images in this article, including the thumbnail image used in the right column, are by First Light Studios.