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Catalog Number 00519.1
Object Name Knife
Description Belonged to Emma Hall (Martha J. Williams) and is the knife she carved all her funges etchings with. It was the artist's only tool
The above novelty artwork first developed by Martha J. Williams Hall while living on a farm in Dallas County, Iowa, where she was reared and lived many years. She had no art training or assistance. Whe used no tool except the knife here shown and a needle, and in her long life whe made several hundred of these which she gave to friends. She was born in Iowa, Jan 1, 1852, married to George Hall of Osceola, Illinois, and died in Los Angeles Jan 11, 1944, age 92 years. The certificate was received from the Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893 where she exhibited specimens including the small unfinished piece to show how they were made. She gave these samples to her brother Ora Willimas with request that they be kept in the Museum of the State Historical Department
Source Williams, Ora C.
Received Date 02/18/1946