Artifacts


The Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation collection of artifacts reflects the lifestyle, personal tastes and interests of Eleanor and her parents, Norman and Georgina Luxton.

Artifacts range from family heirlooms like a grandfather clock to a Palace Grand upright piano. Their personal interests are also reflected in the collection – from Eleanor's rock collection to a stunning collection of period gowns and accessories.

Throughout the collection are items like tobacco bags, beaded belts, and moccasins, reflecting the unique relationship the Luxtons had with First Nations in the surrounding area.

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Walnut-cased Palace Grand upright piano by Uxbridge, ca. 1892.

Palace Grand Upright Piano

This piano belonged to David and Annie McDougall (Georgie’s parents). Eleanor Luxton’s manuscript about her grandmother, Annie McDougall, says that in 1892 David McDougall sent to Oxford, Ontario for a piano. One was sent out, but he and Annie did not like the tone so they returned it. The Oxford people wrote to say that they had a piano at the Columbia Exposition and it had taken first prize. They went on to say that if David was willing to wait, he could have it when the Exposition closed. So in 1893 their first piano came. It became Georgina’s when she married and went with her to her new home in Banff.

Grandfather Clock - This clock belonged to Eleanor's grandfather. She inherited it from her aunt, May McDougall Ross, in the 1980s.

Grandfather Clock

Marble mantle clock with inscription, "Medaile D'Argent. Made in France."

Marble mantle clock with inscription, "Medaile D'Argent. Made in France."

Walnut tea wagon from early 1900s, with sterling silver tea service.

Walnut tea wagon from early 1900s, with sterling silver tea service.

Walnut side board, with fine china from England and Europe.

Walnut side board, with fine china from England and Europe.

Royal Daulton place settings, covered dishes and large platter, carving set with handles made from deer antler. Birks sterling silver cutlery.

Royal Daulton place settings, covered dishes and large platter, carving set with handles made from deer antler.  Birks sterling silver cutlery.

Exceptional hand made horse hair bridle, early 20th C., made by inmates of Red Lodge prison, in Montana. Norman may have acquired this during Pablo Buffalo Roundup, 1907-12.

Exceptional hand made horse hair bridle, early 20th C., made by inmates of Red Lodge prison, in Montana.  Norman may have acquired this during Pablo Buffalo Roundup, 1907-12

Early 20th C. upholstered chair, Canadian manufacture.

Early 20th C. upholstered chair, Canadian manufacture

A large elk head is the centre of a display of Norman Luxton's taxidermy. The trophies are surrounded by paintings of First Nations people.

A large elk head is the centre of a display of Norman Luxton's taxidermy.  The trophies are surrounded by paintings of First Nations people.

First Nations made moose skin gloves with floral design beading and long deer hide fringe on gauntlets.

First Nations made moose skin gloves with floral design beading and long deer hide fringe on gauntlets.

Hand-made oak rocker with wooden pegs, c. 1700 AD.

Hand-made oak rocker with wooden pegs, c. 1700 AD

Ladies' dressing table with complete sterling silver dresser set. The dresser set was a wedding present to Georgina and Norman, from her parents in 1905.

Ladies' dressing table with complete sterling silver dresser set.  The  dresser set was a wedding present to Georgina and Norman, from her parents in 1905.

Walnut roll-top desk with unique storage compartments, early 20th C. Canadian manufacture.

Walnut roll-top desk with unique storage compartments, early 20th C. Canadian manufacture.

Fossilized leaf in sandstone, part of Eleanor's large rock and fossil collection.

Fossilized leaf in sandstone, part of Eleanor's large rock and fossil collection.

19th C. walnut love seat, gift from Eleanor's grandmother, Annie McKenzie McDougall.

19th C. walnut love seat

Victorian walnut chair, needlepoint seat, cabriole legs.

Victorian walnut chair, needlepoint seat