Suggested Surfing

This page includes a selection of the numerous electronic resources interns have used in the past to date and research various artifacts.   This is information that was collected by previous Technicians and the current Lab Supervisor at Ferry Farm.

Patent Search:

There are many other websites that supply free patent searches.  We use Google Patent the most often.  When using patents, it is important to remember that there are two dates that will be listed on each patent.  There will be a patent “file” date and a patent “issue” date.  We use the patent “issue” date.

Google Patents.” Google. Google. Web. 09 May 2011. <;.


Angela Woodward “Button.” How Products are Made. 04 Apr, 2011.

Victorian San Francisco – Plastic Buttons.” Victorian San Francisco – Home. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. <;.

Glass Bottle

Lindsey, Bill. “Historic Bottle Website – Homepage.” The Society for Historical Archaeology. Web. 22 Apr. 2011. <;.


Thomas D. Visser “Nails: A Clue To Building’s History.” University of Vermont: Historic Preservation Program. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. <;.

Paper Clip

Early Office Museum. “Paper Clips.” Early Office Museum. 2000. Web. 22 Apr. 2011. <;.