Virtual Museum

Old Sacramento Living History Program
Virtual Museum Home Page
 
Art
View More
Clocks
View More
Clothing
View More
Our clothing tells of our station in life, our work, and our self-image. This exhibition is always expanding as we explore the dress of our society.
Effects
View More
Fashion Photos-old
View More
Furnishings
View More
Jewelry
View More
Musical
View More
scientific-medical
View More
Walking Sticks
View More
Watch Stands
View More
Watches
View More
The pocket watch was the peak of 19th century technology. Crafted with exquisite precision, a watch was a lifetime purchase, typically costing $100 - about a month's earnings for a shopkeeper or tradesman. Watches before the Civil War were wound and set from the back using a key, while stem-wound watches became predominant by 1870. Time was set by the sun or by a city clock. Time zones had not been created, so each city kept its own time.
Weapons
View More
California was a dangerous place, with predators of both bipedal and quadrupedal varieties. To be unarmed was to be unprotected, especially in a land without an effective police force. All guns used black powder (gunpowder) ignited by a small metal percussion cap, and fired round or conical lead bullets. Knives, walking sticks, and truncheons were also part of the well-equipped argonauts equippage.

The 1849 Colt 'Wells Fargo'pocket revolver was the best-selling gun of its time. Please visit our exhibit to view more fine weapons.

Writing
View More
Writing Samples
View More
 

Other information about this topic in our links, research, bookstore, and publications pages.