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Gavel used by John Hancock at Independence Hall

Object Number: 
1950.324a
Date: 
1770-1850
Medium: 
Wood, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/8 x 14 1/4 in. ( 3.5 x 36.2 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on mount: "Hancock Gavel/M.S.F."
Description: 
Wood gavel with silver mounts; cylindrical shaft with ball-shaped head; shaft has oval silver mount with engraved inscription; silver cap with engraved wreath at base.
Gallery Label: 
This gavel was said to have been used by John Hancock at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was given to the donor by Major Edward Abbott from the collection of the Museum of the Military Institute at Governor's Island.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. John V. Irwin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group