Fragment of Washington's coffin
Overall: 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 1/4 in. ( 10.8 x 16.5 x 0.6 cm )
written: on framed card; "A piece of Washington's coffin" printed: on card; "Piece of wood from George Washington's coffin, presented to Davis Bevan Stacey by John Struthers of Philadelphia, who donoted the Washington Farcophagi and was present at the re
Framed fragment of George Washington's coffin; small rectangular chip of wood glued on a card with inscription; "A Piece of Washington's Coffin," with cut-out window above backed with typed label; "Piece of wood from George Washington's coffin, presented to Davis Bevan Stacey by John Struthers of Philadelphia, who donoted the Washington Sarcophagi and was present at the re-intombment in 1837."
In 1837, John Struthers, a Philadelphia sarcophagus manufacturer and retailer, donated a marble sarcophagus for the re-intombment of George Washington at his vault at Mount Vernon. In the process of re-interring Washington, his wooden inner coffin broke, and several fragments of wood were taken as relics.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Eyre
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