Box made of wood from the Charter Oak

Object Number: 
INV.842ab
Date: 
1856-1870
Medium: 
Oak, mother of pearl
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 2 in. ( 3.8 x 7.3 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular oak box with removable lid; small rectangular mother of pearl plaque in center of top engraved "Charter Oak."
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. After the tree fell in 1856, many souvenirs were made out of the oak.
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Creative: Tronvig Group