These metal pins were fused together in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and saved as a memento of the event.
These fused pins were among the many everyday items found after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire, which began the evening of October 8, 1871, destroyed three and a half square miles of city and killed at least 300 Chicagoans. These pins reflect the heat and intensity of the fire. After the fire finally ended on October 10, 1871, work crews and ordinary residents found and saved small items like this as reminders of the fire's destructive force.