Collections on Display
Custom-made by a local shipwright, this sink was commissioned by Captain Tucker for his new bride Mollie so that she would not have to go outside to a well to get water for cooking and cleaning. Even though the Tuckers were wealthy and could afford a few servants, Mollie had numerous responsibilities and chores to take care of in this large home.
This grand piano in the "cocked hat" style was made by Hallett & Cumston, Boston. Part of the original house furnishings purchase by Captain Richard Tucker Jr. and installed in a prominent place in the parlor, the piano was an important part of family entertainment for themselves, friends, and visitors. Mollie had significant musical talent, playing not only the piano but also the mandolin. She wrote a song called "The Tryst."
This black, four-passenger sleigh has gilt striping throughout and interior upholstery made of two different designs of ingrain carpet. One of several conveyances in the collection at Castle Tucker, this beautiful sleigh carried the Tuckers in style to numerous parties and social gatherings. Contrary to what we might think today, winter was a premiere social season for Mainers in the nineteenth century. The Tucker letters contain many references to parties and outings with friends in the winter months.
Captain Richard Tucker, Sr. built the family fortune from shipping. This collapsible telescope was used on the Tucker ships and lent to the U.S. Navy in 1917 in response to a call put out by the War Department to all mariners for telescopes. Germany was the leader in optics prior to the war. Once the war halted that trade, the U.S. did not have enough instruments for all the new warships that were being built. This one still has a Navy number engraved on it. It was returned to the Tuckers after the war by then Asst. Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt.
These dishes are part of a set of hand-painted china by Jane Armstrong Tucker from 1879-1885. China painting was a very popular artistic hobby for upper middle class Victorian women. Jennie Tucker was a skilled china painter and hoped to be able to earn money by teaching the art and selling her wares. Unfortunately, supply exceeded demand for such services and this did not come to pass.