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Edwin Booth as Hamlet
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Overall: 5 1/2 x 13 x 17 1/2 in. ( 14 x 33 x 44.4 cm )
Fragment of molded lead statue resembling folds of a garment; traces of gilding on one side.
The gilded statue of George III placed at Bowling Green by the British Government was torn from its pedestal by a jubilant crowd after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. Fragments of the statue were transported to Litchfield, Connecticut and made into bullets for the Revolutionary troops. It is believed that Connecticut Loyalists took some of the fragments and hid them in and around their homes, for pieces such as this have been found buried in the area.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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