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Wood fragment from building in which the Declaration of Independence was signed

Wood fragment from building in which the Declaration of Independence was signed
Title
Wood fragment from building in which the Declaration of Independence was signed
Date 
1750-1800
Medium 
Wood, paper, string
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 x 8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 5.1 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm )
Description 
Wood fragment with printed document attached with string.
Credit Line 
Gift of W. McKay Heath
Object Number 
INV.836
Marks 
Printed: on paper: "Until 1883, this piece of wood formed part of the house, S. W. Cor. Seventh and Market Streets, Philadelphia, in which, in 1776,/ The Declaration of Independence/ was written./ Presented by W. McK. Heath" handwritten: on paper: "412 Market Street"
Gallery Label 
According to a document attached to this wood fragment, it was part of the house in which the Declaration of Independence was written.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group