Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 26, 2016

Artifact of the Week. Jewellery box, Atkinson Brothers Jewelers.


This cardboard ring box was donated to the museum in 2005.


Atkinson Brothers were located at 167 Pitt Street.  The business closed in 1939.


Ad.  1927.


The Atkinsons took over from L.E. Bailey, who started in business in 1878.  In 1901 he was located in the Rossmore House, which was subsequently destroyed by fire, forcing him to relocate to 167 Pitt.


The interior of the Rossmore House shop, 1901.

This is a sample of the historic material the Cornwall Community Museum has regarding Cornwall’s commercial ventures.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 26, 2016

Artifact of the Week. handwoven wool and cotton Glengarry blanket, ca. 1900.


Handwoven, double panel wool and cotton blanket, with brown rim from Glengarry County, circa 1900.

From the McKendry Collection at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (History).

162 cm x 174 cm.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 25, 2016

Photographs of the Week. Whittaker Brothers Flower and Gift Shop, Cornwall.


Whittaker Brothers Florist Labour Day float outside of their Baldwin Ave., greenhouse and florist shops, 1950s.



Greenhouse complex, Baldwin Ave., Cornwall.


In the 1940s Whittaker Brothers also had a retail outlet at 12 2nd St. W.


The Baldwin Ave. greenhouse and store in 1984.

The business closed May, 2010.  Trees now grow through the glass roof in the greenhouse.

Brothers Henry and John Whittaker opened their fruit and vegetable store east of the Cornwall Athletic Grounds (Joe St. Denis Field) in 1888.  By World War I they started wholesaling flower and built their business around snapdragons, gladiolus, mums and roses.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 21, 2016

VIKINGS – THE ARTIFACT EXHIBIT set to land in Cornwall, September 15th, 2016.


Here are some more authentic artifacts that will be displayed at the Cornwall Community Museum.

SOLID SILVER CHILD’S BRACELET – a very rare Viking sold silver child’s bracelet, 8th to 10 century A.D.  Found in the U.K.

STONE STERN OF A VIKING LONG BOAT – This 10th century A.D. carving depicts a Viking long boat stern, (the rest of the boat having been lost to the ravages of time).  This was likely once part of a church or chapel ruin and was carved to commemorate the arrival on English soil of the fearsome Norseman.  Excavated in the U.K.

SWORD SCABBARD CONNECTOR – Linking the sword scabbard to the belt of a Viking warrior was a connecting feature known as a scabbard connector.

This utilitarian cast bronze device was often decorative in nature.  This 10th century example bears hand punched designs.

THREE VIKING KNIFE POMMELS – Decorative pommel caps from the grip end of Viking knives, 8th – 10th century A.D.  Found with a detector in the U.K.

TWISTED BRONZE ARM TORC – Given as a sign of reaching manhood or worn to pledge loyalty to a Viking ruler or chieftain.  8th – 10th century A.D.

TWO IRON BATTLE AXES – Hand forged Viking battle axe heads, 8th – 10th century A.D.  Dectector finds, Rus Viking, Ukraine.

VIKING IRON STIRRUP – Hand forged, 8th – 10th century A.D.  Detector find, Latvia.

VIKING SPEAR POINT (narrow) – Battle spear tip, 8th – 10th century A.D.  Detector find, Northern U.K.

VIKING HAIR COMB – Made from animal bone, 8th – 10th century, found in the U.K.

VIKING FIRE STEEL – A decorative hand forged took used to strike flint against to male fire, 8th – 10th century, A.D.  Detector find, Rus Viking, Russia.

VIKING FIBULA – Decorative fibula used to keep tunics and robes closed, 8th – 10th century, A.D.  Detector find, U.K.

VIKING BRONZE BRACELET – Hand cast bronze bracelet, 8th – 10th century, A.D.  Detector find, Lithuania.

VIKING BLACKSMITH TONG, 8th – 10th century, A.D.  Detector find, Rus culture, Russia.

VIKING BOAT BUILDING TOOLS – A very rare set of boat building tools.  Included are a wood working chisel, a gouge, two plane blades, and an auger bit.  These very tools would have been used in the construction of the famous Viking long boats which the Vikings used to travel to many far off lands and even to cross the Atlantic Ocean!  8th – 10th century, A.D.  Excavated in Ukraine at a Rus Viking settlement.

10TH CENTURY VIKING CLOTHING FRAGMENTS – Discovered with the remains of a Viking burial unearthed in Russia.


Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 20, 2016

Artifact of the Week. Cornbread mold, cast iron, 1920.


“Wagner Ware Sidney” – “Krusty Korn Kob” Reg. in US Patent Office, Pat’d July 6, 1920.

from the catalogue:

One of the most delicious and popular hot breads today is the Krusty Korn Kob made in the Wagner mold.  This mold produces delicate, crisp, golden brown cornbread, shaped just like an ear of corn, but infinitely more delicate and appetizing than old fashioned corn bread.

14. 4 cm x 2 cm x 32.2 cm

On display in the kitchen, donated to the museum by Ransom Ledoux in 2007.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 18, 2016

Document of the Week. Cornwall Cricket Club Concert, 1877.



Cornwall Town Hall Pitt St.  The postcard says City Hall, but City status was still years away from the date of this World War 1 postcard.  The town hall was constructed in 1863.  The Hall was enlarged after a fire in 1876 to house two fire engines.  The wooden tower was take down in 1953 as a fire hazard.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 17, 2016

Photograph of the Week. John J. Sones, Sones Jeweller, Cornwall.


John J. Sones, jeweller and president of the Cornwall Board of Trade (Chamber of Commerce).  Sones said “I think the “Standard-Freeholder does a first-class job for the merchants of our community.”




This is an example of the commercial history stored in the archives at the Cornwall Community Museum.


And, oh yes – they are available for use and viewing to the public!

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 17, 2016

Artifact of the Week. Ault Creamery Milk Can, Winchester, Ontario.


Remember the milk cans left at the entrance to farm’s along the country roads?

This galvanized steel milk can is stamped:  AULT CREAMERY LTD., WINCHESTER, 80   JW  b

Ault operated in Winchester from 1932 until 1968 when it was purchased by Labatt Breweries who in turn sold the business to Parmalet who closed it in 2004.

This is just an example of one of many artifacts in the collection of the Cornwall Community Museum from SD & G’s milk and cheese producing past.


The cab us 15.5 cm tall on a 17.8 cm dia.  base.  The item was found at a local flea market in 1994.



Cornwall “Freeholder,” 1901.

Hunter’s business was founded in 1834 by his father, John Hunter a native of Kircaldy, Scotland.

John G, Hunter took over the business in 1875 in their store on Pitt St. four doors south of the Town Hall.scan0086

The business appears to have closed by the 1920s.  Any further details would be welcome.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 16, 2016

Postcard of the Week, St. Lawrence Motors, 2nd St. W., Cornwall.


A postcard showing St. Lawrence Motors, at the corner of York and Second St. W., Arnold Haworth, manager.scan0078



This is an example of the type of material concerning Cornwall’s commercial history in the files at the Cornwall Community Museum.

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