Cabinet of Curiosities, Ep. 4: Boiler Bolt and Lantern Ring

From the ordinary comes tragic history

For our fourth installment in the Cabinet of Curiosities video series, Bailey Lozanoff, Collections Manager, tells the story of two seemingly ordinary items with unexpected links to tragic events from more than a century ago. And she walks us through the care required for these unique items. The first, a bolt from a piece of factory equipment, is an artifact from a tragic accident that involved a boiler explosion at the Wrightsville Lime Co. in 1899. The explosion turned the boiler bolt into a projectile, which struck and killed a visitor to the plant. The lantern ring was used by a York firefighter who died while battling a blaze at the York Carriage Works in 1904. Use the links here to watch all four Curiosities videos on our YouTube channel. Watch the latest episode in the video at the bottom of this post.

Episode 4: Boiler Bolt and Lantern Ring

Episode 3: Plaster Fruits and Vegetables

Episode 2: Ebony and Ivory Elephants

Episode 1The Colobus Monkey Fur Cape

About the Series

With close to 90,000 artifacts in our collection, the York County History Center has many items that are seldom or never on public display. In this new video series, Cabinets of Curiosities, we introduce you to some of the oddities in our vast collection.

Watch the video here.

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