Touchstones Top Ten

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 4 years, 9 months ago

The initial voting phase for #150Touchstones has come to a close. We would like to thank the staff and volunteers at our partnering museums for all of your hard work. Your passion and commitment in the field has helped tremendously during the initial voting phase. Thank you for promoting and sharing your artifacts on your social media pages and with those in your community.

We are happy to announce that the artifacts received over 25,000 votes!  Congratulations! This is a big accomplishment. The public has chosen the following artifacts as your top 10 during the initial voting phase.

10. Boat Model, This type of fishing boat would have been used in the Port Hood area in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for inshore fishing until the 1930s — from the collection of Chestico Museum

​9. Photograph of Ace Foley, from the Collection of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

​8. Painted portrait of Joseph Howe, by George Hutchinson,1896 — from the collection of Colchester Historeum

​7. Commemorative Plate, produced by the Cleverdon and Co. of Halifax, Nova Scotia featuring the Nova Scotia's coat of arms — from the collection of Chestico Museum

​6. Banner, which was carried by Robert Dawson, Jr., age 9, in the anti-confederation parade in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia in 1867 — from the collection of DesBrisay Museum

​5. Waistcoat, featuring detailed embroidery on the front. The back is made out of linen and silk with a cinch at the bottom, circa 1850 — from the collection of Annapolis Valley MacDonald Museum​

​4. Sword, that belonged to Captain William Bishop of Greenwich (1732-1815) who took part in the "Battle of Blomidon" on May 21,1781 (Minas Basin) — from the collection of Kings County Museum

3. Political Poster, advertising "To the Freeholders of the County of Cumberland," signed Andw. McKim. Dated September, 1836 — from the collection of Wallace and Area Museum​

​​2. Evening Gown, worn by Jane Purcival Cowan as part of her wedding trousseau, dated 1860-1867. She married George Barnard Baker, Liberal-Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons and a representative of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec. He was named to the Senate of Canada in 1896 where he served until his death — from the collection of Randall House — Wolfville Historical Society

​​1. Glass Bottle, from the Port Hood Bottling Company, which operated in Port Hood, Cape Breton from roughly 1903 until 1908 when the company moved to Glace Bay. This bottle was later found in Mabou Mines in 1994 — from the collection of Chestico Museum

Please follow us on Facebook (NovaMuse) and Twitter (novamuse_ca) for future updates on #150Touchstones. This is just the beginning! More news to follow.