Old Wye Mill Seeks Lenders

Many Undocumented Items in Collections

Old Wye Mill, the historic site on the border of Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties, is seeking the legal lenders or donors of over 100 undocumented objects it has identified within its collections. They include a belt-lacer, grain scoops, berry mills, heating stoves, fanning mills, corn shellers, hand trucks, saws, and agricultural implements. These objects may have been given or lent to the organization in the decades since the grist mill opened to the public as a historic site in the 1950s.

 

OWM is giving notice to anyone who may believe that he or she is the rightful owner of any of these objects, so that they may assert their claim to title to the undocumented property. The records of Old Wye Mill do not indicate the owner of record of these objects in its possession. The Mill wishes to clarify ownership in pursuit of best museum professional practices. A full list of these objects is below.

 

“Accurate collections records are part of the necessary infrastructure of a well-run museum or historic site,” said Ellen K. Smith, chair of OWM’s Collections and History Committee. “Old Wye Mill is always working to upgrade our collections and our record-keeping. We appreciate the cooperation of the public in helping us determine who gave or lent us many historic objects in our possession.”

 

Anyone who wishes to claim ownership of, or other legal interest in, any of the objects, please contact the Old Wye Mill office within sixty days by calling 410-827-3850 or by email at oldwyemill@atlanticbbn.com. You will be asked to establish ownership of the objects and complete official paperwork.

 

This effort is part of a collections documentation project, one component of a comprehensive project to plan and implement improved interpretation of the historic site. The project is made possible by a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, with Maryland State funds, through the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, and by matching contributions made by community members.

  • Metal loaf pan

  • Two-Person Saw Blade, both handles intact

  • Two-Person Saw Blade, only one handle

  • Metal Auger with wooden handle

  • Metal Wheel Gear with 6 spokes

  • Belt Lacer

  • Metal Auger with Wooden Handle

  • Scythe

  • Gear, Metal

  • Gear, Metal

  • Wooden Grain Diverter

  • Wooden Pillsbury Sign

  • Wooden Beam

  • Wooden Peg

  • Wooden Tooth, WB

  • Wooden Tooth, Water Mill, windmill (Corwith Mill)

  • Wooden Tooth, Tooth Blank, Derek Ogden

  • Drive Wheel, Metal, 4 spokes

  • Drive Wheel, Metal, Red, 6 spokes

  • Drive Wheel, Metal, split down middle

  • Drive Wheel, Metal, 4 spokes

  • Drive Wheel, Metal, 6 spokes

  • "Archimedes Screw", wooden

  • Iron bevel gear w/4 spokes

  • Hand/Belt Drive Wheel for double corn sheller

  • Large Iron Drive Wheel w/ 6 spokes

  • "Gear Wheel", Wood with axel

  • "Gear Wheel", Wood

  • Wood belt wheel and shaft

  • Wood belt wheel with belt gordes

  • Medium Peg Gear

  • Large Peg Gear

  • Large Steel Belt Wheel- 6 spokes

  • Pratt's Flour Bag

  • Berry Mill

  • Ice Skate

  • Ice Skate

  • Ice Skates Strap

  • Hay Fork, 4 tines

  • Hay Fork, 12 tines

  • Sickle

  • Red Swing Machete

  • "Deering Sickle Blade Sharpener" and Sawhorse

  • Mower guard for sickle bar mower

  • Hoe

  • 2 oz Weight

  • 4 oz Weight

  • 8 oz Weight

  • 1 lb Weight

  • 2 lb Weight

  • 4 lb Weight

  • 8 lb Weight

  • Hook on scale (036 a)

  • Framed Fertilizer Bag, "Tilghman's"

  • Wood and Rope Horse Collar

  • Cast Iron Chain in Roll

  • Wooden Gear Wheel

  • Wooden Gear Wheel with Axle

  • Double Drivebelt Pulley for Sawmill

  • Drivebelt Pulley for Midget Marvel

  • Drivebelt Pulley for Midget Marvel

  • Drivebelt Pulley for Midget Marvel

  • Canvas Elevator Run w/ buckets

  • Metal Wheel Gear with 6 spokes

  • Metal Wheel Gear with 6 curved spokes

  • Metal Wheel Gear with 6 spokes

  • Part of Wooden Horse Collar

  • Part of Wooden Horse Collar

  • Part of Wooden Horse Collar

  • Wood and Metal Hanger

  • Part of (Drive?) Mechanism...

  • Wooden cog

  • Metal Scoop

  • Wooden key

  • Wooden and Metal dowel

  • Wooden Shelf

  • Circular Sharpening Stone

  • Wooden Tooth, West Blatchington Windmill, Hove, England

  • Wooden Tooth, Philipsburg Manor Mill, NY

  • Wooden Tooth, Abbotts Mill, Del.

  • Wooden Spool

  • Wooden Key, "Old adjuster for damsel on horse"

  • Grain Scoop, metal w/wood handle

  • Grain Scoop, metal

  • Grain Scoop, metal and wood

  • Grain Scoop, wooden

  • Drive Spline, metal

  • Metal Dressing Tool

  • Saw, metal w/wood handle

  • "Chattering Damsel", metal

  • Iron Crane Screw

  • Mill Stamps- stand and 5 stamps

  • Iron Wheel to operate gate valve

  • Berry Mill

  • Sears & Roebuck stove

  • Old Mill Desk (2 parts)

  • Two-pan Scale

  • 30 Metal Hoppers and Wooden Shelf

  • Hand Truck, has “Bill Bonta, 7-11-98” written on it

  • "Improved No. 5" Fanning Mill

  • Fanning Mill

  • Corn Sheller, has "8-10-96, PHIL KANIA" written on it

  • Fragment of French Buhr (stone)

  • Grinder

  • Mano, stone [irregularly shaped]

  • Metate, stone

  • Wooden Shovel

  • Separating Machine (a); Sifters #4, 8, 12, 18, 20 (b-f); Hopper Bin (g)

  • Speed Indicator

  • Midget Mill

  • McCormick/Deering Animal Feed Mill

  • Letz Mfg. Co. Lift

  • Swing Machete

  • 10lb Weight for Scale (036 a)

  • Fallow Key Rack

  • Joint, Galvanized Metal

  • 1 lb Weight

  • 2 lb Weight, brass (?)

  • 4 lb Weight

  • 8 lb Weight

  • 4 oz Weight

  • 4 lb Weight, brass (?)

  • Wooden Dowel

  • Governing Ball

  • Governing Ball

  • "Godin" Cast Iron Stove

  • Wooden Wedge

  • Neck Berring Block, wood

  • Neck Berring Block, wood

  • Neck Berring Block, wood

  • Photo of W. H. Blakeslee (framed)

  • Canvas Elevator Run w/ buckets

  • 2 lb Weight, Brass (?)

  • 1 lb Weight

  • Unknown Metal Item

  • Single Pulley, wood wheel

  • Mower guard for sickle

  • Hopper

  • Large Wooden Gear Wheel

  • Canvas Belt to Drive Water Wheel (wound)

  • A/C Motor

  • Two-Handled Saw Blade

  • Up and Down Sawblade

  • Wooden Gear Wheel

  • Wooden Gear Wheel with protruding axel

  • Wooden Gear Wheel

  • Wooden Gear Wheel

  • Wooden Gear Wheel