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Padlock and key

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Padlock and key
Iron, brass, pigment
a: 4 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 7/8 in. ( 12.1 x 8.6 x 2.2 cm ) b: 2 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1/4 in. ( 7 x 2.9 x 0.6 cm )
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1 890
U-shaped with two 'ears' in sheet iron with baluster-shaped, flat brass pivoting keyhole cover and rectangular brass keyhole surround; iron key with compress heart- shaped handle, banded shaft.
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Gift of Mrs. Helen C. Marsh
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According to the donor, the padlock and the key were from the Fortress Monroe while Jefferson Davis was imprisoned there. The prison was secured by Lt. Col. Nathan Church, father of the donor, of the 26th Michigan regiment who was in command at Fortress Monroe under General Nelson A. Miles.
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Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group