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Plaque: fragment of wood from Charter Oak

Object Number: 
INV.826
Date: 
ca.1688
Medium: 
Wood, metal paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. ( 1.3 x 16.5 x 13.3 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten: on paper label: "Charter oak/ from/ Hon Isaac W Stuart/ Hartford,/ Presented through/ Cha M Requa/ New York/ 1858"
Description: 
Thin cross section of Charter Oak with paper label affixed with nails to front and brass ring for hanging.
Gallery Label: 
The Charter Oak of Hartford Connecticut was the tree in which the colony's liberal charter is said to have been hidden when, in 1687, British officials sought to confiscate it. When the tree fell in 1856, the property upon which it stood belonged to Isaac W. Stuart.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group