Spirit of Commerce

A miniature bronze maquette representing the Spirit of Commerce. The female figure is clothed in a long dress with a pleated skirt and scale-like top complete with a bow tied at the waist. A flowing shawl is draped over the figure's shoulders and arms. Her face is nobly directed upward and outward toward the viewer. Her hair is pulled up and tied back creating a Grecian wreath-like style. In her right hand, she holds a flaming torch symbolizing progress. In her left hand, she holds the caduceous of Mercury. The Roman God, Mercury, symbolizes commerce.

Spirit of Industry

A miniature bronze maquette representing the Spirit of Industry. The female figured is clothed in a pleated dress. A flowing shawl is draped over her shoulders and arms. The face of the figure looks nobly upward and outward at the viewer. The hair of the figure is short and accented with a headband. In the right hand she holds a sheaf of wheat representing agriculture. In the left hand she holds a distaff representing manufacturing. The figure, in her full stature, stands barefoot atop half of the world.

St. Peter's Dome Replica

This is a decorative model of a bell tower derived from the well-known Renaissance design of St. Peter's Dome. While not an exact replica of the dome, its interesting design puts it in the realm of imaginary architecture. In this sculpture, wooden beams replace the spire and painted coffers of the original dome. A hinge attached below the dome converts it into a lid that covers the cylindrical chamber below. The chamber, formed by a colonnade, encloses a spiraling staircase and rests on a weighted base. The wood used in the sculpture is oak and handcrafted with a French distressed finish.

Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla Glass Bowl

This glass bowl is adorned with cartographic collage images. Three layers of concentric circles, comprised of maps from antiquity, cover the surface of this ornamental bowl. The text, "Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla," is centered at the bottom and top of the bowl. Mythical figures and map representations predominate the outer and secondary circular areas. The inner circle depicts map images only. The entire surface of the bowl is illuminated with rich color, apart from eight smaller areas of the collage, that are rendered in black and white.

The HMS Victory

This small scale reproduction celebrates the HMS Victory, notable for the role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. The original ship, by the Royal Navy rating system, was considered first-rate because of the continuous decks that contained 104 mounted guns.

Wooden Sculpture of Figure

This sculpture is one of a few in the library's collection by an unknown artist with the initials "CCC". This particular piece is of the head and trunk of a female figure. She dons flattened headwear with a tangled design carved out of the brim. Her hair contains a similar design executed with a finer tool and extends down from her head and pools onto her back to complete an hourglass shape. Her face and form maintain a smooth surface with simple carved lines representing the eyes, nose, and mouth features.