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This Late Victorian, wood mining table belonged to J.J. Brown; husband of the “Unsinkable Molly Brown”. The Brown’s wealth was acquired when J.J., a mining superintendent, made a fortuitous discovery of gold in the Little Johnny Mine. J.J. owned this table while he and Molly lived in Leadville on 7th Street. The legs of the table are carved to resemble seahorses that form an X shape. The table top was easily removable allowing it to collapse for transport on the back of a mule or horse. JJ would carry the table with him when he travelled into the mines.
Miss Yokohama is Colorado's Japanese Friendship Doll. This artisan doll arrived in San Francisco in 1927 with 57 of her sisters. Following their reception in San Francisco, the dolls toured the US and then found homes in appropriate institutions in each state. She is one of only 7 dolls created by the Ohki Heizo (Maruhei) Doll Company in Kyoto. She is 81cm tall and is constructed of wood, gofun (a mixture of powdered oyster shells and glue coating the wood to creates a skin-like sheen and texture), human hair, glass eyes. She wears a yuzen dyed kimono with furosode sleeves.