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Fragment of Washington's coffin

Object Number: 
1958.40a
Date: 
1799
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 1/4 in. ( 10.8 x 16.5 x 0.6 cm )
Marks: 
written: on framed card; "A piece of Washington's coffin" printed: on card; "Piece of wood from George Washington's coffin, presented to Davis Bevan Stacey by John Struthers of Philadelphia, who donoted the Washington Farcophagi and was present at the re
Description: 
Framed fragment of George Washington's coffin; small rectangular chip of wood glued on a card with inscription; "A Piece of Washington's Coffin," with cut-out window above backed with typed label; "Piece of wood from George Washington's coffin, presented to Davis Bevan Stacey by John Struthers of Philadelphia, who donoted the Washington Sarcophagi and was present at the re-intombment in 1837."
Gallery Label: 
In 1837, John Struthers, a Philadelphia sarcophagus manufacturer and retailer, donated a marble sarcophagus for the re-intombment of George Washington at his vault at Mount Vernon. In the process of re-interring Washington, his wooden inner coffin broke, and several fragments of wood were taken as relics.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Eyre
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group