Fragment of wood from Charter Oak

Object Number: 
INV.839
Date: 
ca. 1688
Medium: 
Wood, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 x 8 in. ( 5.1 x 20.3 cm )
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"
Description: 
Cross section of tree branch with bark still around outside; paper label affixed to one side with nails.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of I.W. Stuart
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group