A wood shingle from the first Texas Capitol in West Columbia, Texas. Three iron, square-cut nails are in various nail holes.
1. 6.2 cm L, not very rusty, rectangular
2. 7.2 cm L, rusty, bent, more square
3. 7.6 cm L, not as bent, rusty, larger head than others.
The wood shows severe wear in one area, perhaps where it was layered by another. There are also water stains, and one board is broken at end.
Comment: Kate Aldridge Clarkson's uncle, John Carson Kidd, wrote on the back of the shingle that it comes from the old Capitol Building at West Columbia, Texas.
Repair in 1940s: Three boards are connected with two braces by a number of small nails which are bent into the other side. The braces are quite new looking.
H. 23.3 x W. 42.2 cm (H. 9.17 x W. 16.61 in)
Place of Origin
West Columbia (Brazoria County, Tex.)
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Clarkson
Artisan or Artist
wood ; shingles
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Built Environment Artifacts -- building components -- surface elements -- shingles
building components -- shingles
Tools and Materials for artisans and artists
Texas Memorial Museum Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Local Resource Number
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
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