Wood, metal, plaster, gilding
Overall: 12 x 11 x 1 1/2 in. ( 30.5 x 27.9 x 3.8 cm )
Rectangular pressed sheet metal plaque with text of the Declaration of Independence in tiny raised lettering over upper three-quarters of surface; circular depression at center with view of congress embossed inside rectangular frame; signatures in intaglio on lower quarter of surface; in molded wooden frame ornamented with plaster relief and gilding.
in relief: inside circular depression: "IN / CONGRESS / JULY 4TH 1776."
in relief: along upper edge: "DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
in relief: along lower edge: "ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1859 BY S. H. BLACK IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK."
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