Kingsland Manor Artifacts

This 1700s Colonial Is Steeped in History

Here Are Some Items You Should See When You Visit

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While we have had to close the Kingsland Manor, cancel programs and tours, and postpone Trust events, we are looking for creative ways to stay connected with you. We thought you might enjoy a more detailed look at some of the artifacts that are part of our regular tours, but they and their stories are not always pointed out in each open house tour.

Until we can welcome you back to the Kingsland Manor, we are going to post pictures of various artifacts in our collection. We will include some background information, including who donated the item to the Kingsland Manor Restoration Trust. We miss seeing our visitors, members, volunteers and friends. We invite you to stay connected with us, too. We look forward to your email comments and your virtual visits here on our official web site and on our Facebook page where we will be happy to hear from you.


Square Grand Piano and Bench
Donated by Silas Mountsier III

In April 1991 we received a donation of a Square Grand Piano and piano bench from Silas Mountsier III. Silas has the wonderful home and gardens on Rutgers Place. The Mountsier-Hardie gardens are open to the public in April and September through the Garden Conservancy. The grounds have also been used for charity benefits for Nutley non-profit organizations.

The description that was written of the piano when accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: square grand piano; 35-1/2” x 61” x 37” high; made by Mathushek Piano Manufacturing Co., Est. 1863; octagonal sided legs 23” high, walnut? And for the bench: 30” x 15” x 19” high; legs to match.

An appraisal dated the age of the piano and bench from the 1920s. That matches the opinion of a piano tuner who recently tuned the piano.

The Square Grand Piano and bench are in our Ballroom and are used for events throughout the year.

Square Grand Piano from Silas Mountsier III


Portable Candle Stand

In October 1980, we received a donation of a portable candle stand and 6 pictures of the old Kingsland Homestead which existed across the Passaic River in New Barbadoes (Lyndhurst, N.J.) The home was built on the original patent of land issued to Nathaniel Kingsland of Barbados by the Royal Governor, Philip Carteret in 1668. The pictures were taken by J. Ward Dunsmore around 1880.

The portable candle stand and pictures were donated to the Kingsland Manor by Mrs. Jane Murray of Mendham, NJ. We have little information on Mrs. Murray other than what was noted on the donation card: “Jane’s grandmother, Mrs. C. Hallock Haywood, owned the home at one time. They were friends of the Kingslands. Jane spent a great deal of time there as a child and loved everything about it.” I believe the “home” they were referring to was the Kingsland Homestead in Lyndhurst. If anyone has any information on Jane Murray or Mrs. C. Hallock Haywood, please email us.

The Jane Murray pictures are available for viewing at the Kingsland Manor once we open for tours. The Portable Candle Stand and the pictures are located in our Museum upstairs.

The description that was written of the portable candle stand when accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: portable candle stand; black wrought iron; 7” round stand with 4 curled feet; arms for 2 candle holders; round handle on top; 14-1/2” high including handle; conical flint holder.

Portable candle stand and pictures donated to the Kingsland Manor by Mrs. Jane Murray


Steeple Clock

In June 1980 we received a donation of a Steeple Clock that is surrounded in mystery. The clock was donated to the Kingsland Manor by Mrs. Albert Pangborn of Kearny, NJ. She received the clock as a gift from Mrs. Frederick Kingsland Carryl about 1955.

Mrs. Carryl, formally Irene Nutt, married Frederick Carryl in the early part of the 20th century. Irene was born in New York in 1892. Frederick was born in 1880 and was the son of Nathan Frederick Carryl and Martha Kingsland. Nathan is famous for his photographs which were featured last year at the Nutley Museum and the Nutley Library. Martha was Joseph Kingsland III’s daughter.

The description that was written of the steeple clock when accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: steeple clock; 19-3/4” from bottom to point; 9-1/2” across. Inside clock – manufacturer’s identification, Waterbury Clock Co., Waterbury, Conn. The clock was put into working order (including chimes) during June 1980 by Dan DeWolfe.

The mystery comes from a slip of paper that was in the clock case which read. “Wm. G. Kingsland 1763”. William Gustavus Kingsland was born in 1753 and died in 1812. The Waterbury Clock Company was not founded until 1857. Therefore, we are unsure of the connection of William to the clock.

The Steeple Clock is in our Summer Kitchen.

Steeple Clock donated to the Kingsland Manor by Mrs. Albert Pangborn


Kingsland Wool Bedspread

In April 1977 we received a donation from Roger Leverich Kingsland Jr. of Pittsburgh, of a wool bedspread. Roger’s father, Roger Leverich Kingsland Sr. was born in Belleville, N.J., in 1882 and was the great-great grandson of the original Joseph Kingsland who moved into the area in 1790. Roger Jr’s great grandfather was Richard Kingsland whose brother was Joseph Kingsland III. Joseph and Richard were partners in the local paper manufacturing business.

Roger Jr. was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, in 1915. and was married to Lois Long of Pittsburgh, in 1946. Lois was born in Pittsburgh, in 1921. Roger passed away in 1991 and Lois in 2006.

The description that was written when the wool bedspread was accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: 7’ x 6’3”; fringe; natural color and navy blue; made from wool sheared from sheep on the Kingsland property.

Picture of the Kingsland farm by N.F. Carryl, courtesy John Demmer collection.

Picture of Roger Leverich Kingsland Sr. is from the Trust archives. His nephew, Richard Kingsland photo, courtesy Dave Kingsland.

Kingsland Wool Bedspread donated by Roger Leverich Kingsland Jr.

Roger Leverich Kingsland Richard Kingsland photo, courtesy Dave Kingsland.


Margaret Stuart Kingsland’s Rocking Chair

In April 1977, we received a donation from Mr. George Symonds of Nutley of a rocking chair that belonged to Margaret Mary Stuart Kingsland. Margaret was born in Delaware County, N.Y., near the Catskill mountains in 1825. She married Joseph Kingsland III in 1850. Joseph was born in 1813, in the Kingsland Manor and was the grandson of the original Joseph Kingsland who moved to the area in 1790. Together, they had 6 children of whom only 4 survived into adulthood. Margaret’s story of the loss of one of her children was featured last year in the A&E program, Psychic Kids. Joseph Kingsland III passed away in 1899 and Margaret passed away in 1910. We are not sure of the age of the rocker, but it is safe to say that it is over 100 years old.

The description that was written when the rocking chair was accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: 9 spindles on back; 25” across; rockers – 28”; seat height 15” from floor; overall = 40”

PHOTO: Margaret Stuart Kingsland and Joseph Kingsland III

Margaret Stuart Kingsland’s Rocking Chair donated by George Symonds

Margaret Stuart Kingsland by NF Carryl, John Demmer collectoin Joseph Kingsland III by NF Carryl, John Demmer collectoin


Betty Lamp donated to Kingsland Manor by Eleanor Storer Betty Lamp donated by Eleanor F. Storer

In August 1989 we received a donation of a Betty Lamp from Eleanor Storer of Lakewood, NJ. Eleanor was past President and a long-time member of the Kingsland Manor Trust and author of the Tales from Abrigail book that has been so popular with the children who visit the Manor to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.

A Betty Lamp was one of the first lamps brought over by the Pilgrims. It was basically a plate or tray with lips on the edge to hold a wick. The tray was filled with oil or fat and the wicks lighted. Our betty lamp has a tri-cornered plate or 3 lips.

The description that was written of the Betty Lamp when accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: a rare example of a New England Betty Lamp (whale oil); made of cast iron; tri-cornered about 1” deep; 4-1/2” x 4” on a solid bracket 6-1/2” with a fancy tip; suspended by a whale hook from a twisted metal bar 9-1/2”; belonged to the Storer family in Wells, Maine which dates back to 1610.

The Betty Lamp is in our Summer Kitchen.

Chauncey Jerome 30 Hour Clock
Donated by Eleanor F. Storer

In August 1989 we received a donation of a “Seth Parker” kitchen clock from Eleanor Storer of Lakewood, NJ. Eleanor was a past President and a long-time member of the Kingsland Manor and author of Abrigail’s Tales of Nutley that has been so popular with the children who visit the Manor to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Eleanor was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1910. We believe that she moved to Nutley in the thirties. She was a past president of the Women’s Guild of St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Nutley, as well as a member of the Nutley Chapters of the Tri-Town Business and Professional Women, the Red Cross Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels and the U.N. Council in Nutley. She was a founder of Harrowgate Retirement Community in Lakewood, NJ. Eleanor passed away in 2013 at the age of 102.

We are not sure why it was referred to as a Seth Parker. The clock was manufactured by the Chauncey Jerome company, probably around 1845. The company went out of business by 1855. The clock is weight driven and must be rewound every day and a half. It chimes on the hour.

The description that was written of the clock when accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: “Seth Parker” kitchen clock; beautifully finished crotch mahogany; about 100 years old (more like 140 years in 1989); 26” x 15-1/4”; clock face 7-3/4” x 7-3/4”; picture below 9-1/4” x 7-1/2”

This kitchen clock sits on the fireplace mantle in our Museum.

Seth Parker kitchen clock donated to Kingsland Manor by Eleanor Storer


Buffet donated by Silas Mountsier III

In April 1991 we received a donation of a Buffet made by the Hickory Furniture Company of Hickory, N.C. , from Silas Mountsier III. Silas has the wonderful home and gardens on Rutgers Place. The Mountsier/Hardie gardens are open to the public in April and September through the Garden Conservancy. The grounds have also been used for charity benefits for Nutley non-profit organizations.

The description that was written of the Buffet when accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: center part of front – slightly bowed; 4 large drawers flanked on both sides by a silver drawer at top and cabinets below.

An appraisal of the buffet was made in 1992. The appraiser “realized that the front part of the buffet was made about 1940. The back was a Victorian bed headboard made about 1900!"

The Buffet is in our central Hallway.

Buffet in central hallway at Kingsland Manor donated by Silas Mountsier III


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