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Badge of the Society of the Cincinnati
Silk, gold, enamel
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Iron padlock; half-circle-shaped lock with keyhole and suspension loop.
Gift of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman
According to the donor, this padlock was used in the "Long Room" at the Bridewell Prison in New York City. The "Long Room" was famous for housing the 'common' or lower class prisoners, while the upper class prisoners were kept on the second floor, in nicer quarters.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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