Victorian museum draws wealthy interest with sale of documents to patients’ families

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 12: A visitor takes photographs of Civil War relics at the Victorian Heritage Museum in Oakland, California on April 12, 2013. The museum opened in 2009 and features some 250 pieces of historical artefacts from the Civil War period, including a black armor axe head and a violin made in 1860 by German Jews. The museum is open on Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

A Baltimore-area museum dedicated to women of the 19th century announced on Tuesday it sold a large collection of letters and documents for more than $1.3 million, with the largest portion going to a private foundation that focuses on the medical and scientific history of women.

The Charitable Foundation of The Baltimore Woman Denture Museum (CWDM) raised the most funds through a 6th Floor Auction of medical documents, equipment and books of women’s dentistry. The largest portion of the proceeds, $451,633, went to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, which promotes medical science and operates a dental program for underserved patients.

The remaining cash raised will go to the Maryland Regional Women’s Denture Museum’s operating budget, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The museum, which is dedicated to women of the 19th century, announced its fundraising campaign last year. The large donation will allow it to work to hire a director to oversee the additional sections that will be added to the collection in the coming years.

CWDM, which opened in 2015, has more than 3,000 items, most of which are artifacts from women’s dentistry from Baltimore in the 19th century. The largest group dates from the 1855s to the 1900s.

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