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Tinwork Gallery

This gallery features highlights from the museum’s Hispanic tinwork and straw applique collections.

Both arts emerged as a result of a need to decorate homes, chapels and personal belongings with the materials available at the time. Tinwork evolved after 1846 when tin became readily available as a recycled material. Between 1860 and 1890 the need for tin frames, sconces and boxes grew. Straw applique, known as “poor mans’ gold,” adorned crosses, boxes and furniture, adding decoration to the wood. 


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