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In 1837, Philadelphia stonemason John Struthers, with design assistance from architect William Strickland, created a marble sarcophagus for George Washington's remains at Mount Vernon. When the original lead casket was reentombed in the new sarcophagus, fragments of the decayed mahogany coffin in which it had been kept were saved as souvenirs. One piece was sent by Struthers to Jesse Hartley (1780-1860), a Liverpool businessman who had helped Struthers immigrate to the United States. Hartley commissioned this miniature replica to house the precious relic. This replica survives as a testament of the great reverence the world continues to have for Washington. More






Silver, gilt, mahogany


Overall: 2 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. (6.35 cm x 19.05 cm x 8.89 cm)


Purchased with funds donated by the Monica and Hermen Greenberg Foundation, 2000
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon


Five stamps along bottom outside edge of lid (from right to left): calligraphy letter "W" in shield (partial; date letter); anchor in conforming surround (Birmingham Company mark); "R.E.A" in rectangle (maker's mark); lion passant in shield (partial; standard mark); sovereign's head, facing left, in oval (duty mark).

Three stamps along proper right base of sarcophagus (from left to right): sovereign's head, facing left, in oval (duty mark); "R.E.A." in rectangle (maker's mark), lion passant in shielf (standard mark).

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