Fragment of wood from Charter Oak

Fragment of wood from Charter Oak
Title
Fragment of wood from Charter Oak
Date 
ca. 1688
Medium 
Wood, paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 x 8 in. ( 5.1 x 20.3 cm )
Description 
Cross section of tree branch with bark still around outside; paper label affixed to one side with nails.
Credit Line 
Gift of I.W. Stuart
Object Number 
INV.839
Marks 
hand written: on label: "Wood from the Charter Oak/ New-York Historical Society/ With the compliments of/ JWStuart./ Charter Oak Place./ Oct 6th 1856"
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. When the tree fell in 1856, the property upon which it stood belonged to the donor, Isaac W. Stuart.
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Creative: Tronvig Group