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Children's Mug

1948.169 (RS32596)

Description

Straight sided cylinder with an applied molded handle; sign language alphabet printed in black.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This mug belonged to Charles Barrett, who lost his hearing as a child and was one of the first students at the American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb. Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1817, the asylum was the nation's first school for students with any type of disability. The prospect for hearing-impaired children at the beginning of the nineteenth century was grim. Sign language was still unknown in this country, and a child's only hope for communication was through signs and gestures developed within the family. Under the leadership of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, the Hartford asylum established a language of signs, adapted from the French, that was to become American Sign Language, recognized today as a distinct language spoken by between 500,000 and two million Americans.
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1820
Associated Building
Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.).
Material
earthenware
transfer printing
Object type
Food Service T&E
Places
County of Staffordshire (England, United Kingdom) [county]
Descriptive terms
earthenware
Mug
mugs
transfer printing
Dimensions
2 5/8 x 3 5/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1948.169
Credit Line
Gift of Charles K. Davis
GUSN
63183
Reference Notes
Co-publisher: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

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