Wood, metal, plaster, gilding
Overall: 12 x 11 x 1 1/2 in. ( 30.5 x 27.9 x 3.8 cm )
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
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.
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