Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III

Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III
Title
Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III
Date 
1770-1776
Medium 
Lead
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 x 5 x 4 in. ( 2.5 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm )
Description 
Fragment of molded lead statue; traces of gilding on one side.
Credit Line 
Gift of E. B. Coley
Object Number 
1875.5
Gallery Label 
The gilded statue of George III placed at Bowling Green by the British Government was torn from its pedestal by an angry mob just after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Fragments of the statue were transported to Litchfield, CT and made into bullets for the Revolutionary troops. It is believed that Connecticut Loyalists took some of the fragments and hid them in and around their homes. The donor found this one buried on his property
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group