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Coffin plate

Classification: 
Date: 
1816
Medium: 
Metal (probably nickel silver)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. ( 0.6 x 10.5 x 7 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular convex metal (probably nickel silver) coffin plate with rounded corners, with engraved inscription reading "Augusta Sophia Horn Obit. 14th March 1816 Aged 4 yrs. 3 mo."; four holes punched at each side of plate to fasten plate to surface.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Hopper Striker Mott, June 10, 1931
Object Number: 
INV.6562.13
Marks: 
engraved: on coffin plate: "Augusta Sophia Horn/Obit. 14th March 1816/Aged 4 yrs. 3 mo[illeg.]"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1816
eMuseum Object ID: 
7506
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Coffin plate

Classification: 
Date: 
1814
Medium: 
Metal (probably silver)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 3/4 x 2 in. ( 9.5 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular flat metal (probably silver) coffin plate with flat chamfers and slightly textured edge, with engraved inscription reading "MARY THURSTON HORN Obit. Sept. 7 1814 Aged 15 Months & 24 days"; four holes punched at each side of plate to fasten plate to surface.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Hopper Striker Mott, June 10, 1931
Object Number: 
INV.6562.11
Marks: 
engraved: on coffin plate: "MARY THURSTON HORN/Obit. Sept. 7 1814/Aged 15 Months & 24 days"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1814
eMuseum Object ID: 
7505
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragment from the USS "Revenge"

Classification: 
Date: 
1776
Medium: 
Wood, iron, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 19 x 5 3/4 in. ( 24.1 x 48.3 x 14.6 cm )
Description: 
Block of wood with three large iron spikes protruding from top and a cylindrical hole drilled through one end; from the schooner "Revenge"
Credit Line: 
Gift of Major Howland Pell
Object Number: 
1935.150
Marks: 
typewritten: on paper label nailed to block (removed in 2011): "PIECE OF THE AMERICAN SCHOONER 'REVENGE' / built at Ticonderoga in 1776 and sunk in / Lake Champlain after the battle of Valcour / Island, October 11, 1776. / Presented by Major Howland Pell,
Gallery Label: 
The schooner USS Revenge was built for the Continental Navy at Fort Ticonderoga in 1776 and engaged with British forces at the Battle of Valcour Island in Lake Champlain. The Revenge was supposedly taken in July 1777 when a British force under General Burgoyne captured Fort Ticonderoga, although some sources suggest that the schooner may have been burned and sunk to prevent capture. The ship was recovered from the lake bottom in 1909.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1776
eMuseum Object ID: 
7498
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Log with cannonball

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1861
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 x 11 1/2 in. ( 81.3 x 29.2 cm )
Description: 
Section of tree with a cannon ball embedded in it.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. I.W. Page
Object Number: 
1862.12
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this section of tree comes from a field in Newbern, North Carolina, near Fort Thompson. The cannonball embedded in it was fired in 1861.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1861
eMuseum Object ID: 
7245
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Snuffbox made from wood of the U.S. Constitution

Classification: 
Date: 
1845-1847
Medium: 
Oak
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. ( 1.3 x 8.3 cm )
Description: 
Circular turned oak snuffbox made of relic wood taken from the U.S. frigate "Constitution" with gold heart-shaped plaque in center engraved "To S.W. by T.B. U.S.N." with fragmentary paper with inscription inside.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. A. M. Stolte
Object Number: 
1957.117
Marks: 
engraved: heart-shaped plaque in center engraved "To S.W. by T.B. U.S.N.' written: paper in interior; "Taken from.../ ...rigate Constitution/ Presented to/ Silas Wright, Gov. of the State/ of N.Y./ By Thos. Brownell/ U.S..."
Gallery Label: 
This snuffbox made of relic wood from the U.S. Frigate "Constitution" was presented to Silas Wright, Governor of New York from 1845-1847.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1847
eMuseum Object ID: 
7199
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Wood fragment from building in which the Declaration of Independence was signed

Classification: 
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Wood, paper, string
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 x 8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 5.1 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm )
Description: 
Wood fragment with printed document attached with string.
Credit Line: 
Gift of W. McKay Heath
Object Number: 
INV.836
Marks: 
Printed: on paper: "Until 1883, this piece of wood formed part of the house, S. W. Cor. Seventh and Market Streets, Philadelphia, in which, in 1776,/ The Declaration of Independence/ was written./ Presented by W. McK. Heath" handwritten: on paper: "412
Gallery Label: 
According to a document attached to this wood fragment, it was part of the house in which the Declaration of Independence was written.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1800
eMuseum Object ID: 
6688
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Wood block in envelope

Classification: 
Date: 
1600-1800
Medium: 
Oak
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. ( 24.1 x 14 x 4.8 cm )
Description: 
Wood block; rectangular.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Louis Buhle
Object Number: 
1974.49
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this wood block was cut by Assistant Engineer C.C. Martin from a piece of log at 62 Frankfurt Street, while excavating for the Manhattan approach to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1800
eMuseum Object ID: 
6589
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Section of water pipe

Classification: 
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 x 6 3/4 x 6 in. ( 25.4 x 17.1 x 15.2 cm )
Description: 
Cross section of wooden water pipe; pipe made by boring a hole through the center of a log.
Object Number: 
1996.4
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
6580
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Wood fragment

Classification: 
Date: 
1800-1900
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 1 in. ( 15.2 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Cylindrical wood fragment.
Object Number: 
INV.10808
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
6570
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Vial filled w/mud from last rebel ditch: Fort dam

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1865
Medium: 
Glass, leather, cotton, dirt
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 1 5/8 x 7/8 in. ( 10.2 x 4.1 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular, clear vial with white leather cover tied over mouth with pink cotton thread; filled with dirt.
Object Number: 
INV.10314
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, the dirt in this vial was taken from the last ditch in the Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia on April 2, 1865.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1865
eMuseum Object ID: 
6517
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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