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December 2,2023: Premier Americana - Day Two

Sat, Dec 2, 2023 09:00AM EST
Lot 2056

GEORGE WASHINGTON RELIC, A FRAGMENT FROM HIS MAHOGANY COFFIN WITH PROVENANCE

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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GEORGE WASHINGTON RELIC, A FRAGMENT FROM HIS MAHOGANY COFFIN WITH PROVENANCE, framed together with three manuscript notes recording the provenance laid out below. Together with associated typed letters, including a notarized letter stating previous provenance and that the fragment had been examined in 1977 by Miss Christine Meadows, a curator at Mt. Vernon and by Mr. John Castilloni, the librarian there, and "They were both in agreement that they did not doubt it's authenticity." Housed under glass in a molded walnut frame. Object 7/8" x 3 1/4", frame 16 3/4" x 12 3/4" OA.
Catalogue Note: In 1831, George Washington's remains, along with Martha's and other family members, were moved from the old tomb to the new tomb on the grounds at Mt. Vernon. General Washington's body was in a sealed lead casket within a mahogany coffin and an oak outer box. The coffin and outer box were both deteriorated, and the lead casket was entombed in a marble sarcophagus. The Washington family kept most of the remaining pieces of the coffin and box, and would hand them out to friends as souvenirs over the next two decades.
According to the accompanying notes and letters, the present fragment was owned by United States Army paymaster Gen. Timothy Patrick Andrews (1794-1868), who served as paymaster from 1822 to 1847 in Washington, DC. He gave it to his sister, Miss Eliza Andrews (this might have actually been his wife), who in 1837 gave the relic to Chester Arthur Colt (1812-1865) of Washington, DC who left it to his son, Chester Manning Colt (1848-1924). The next record of the fragment is when it was purchased in the 1970s by Donald E. Sexton from Robert White of Baltimore, MD, acting as an agent for a "prominent Virginia collector."

Condition

Excellent condition, the frame with a scorched area to the lower left corner.

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