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Mount Vernon Cast Iron Key to the Bastille Paperweight

Mount Vernon Cast Iron Key to the Bastille Paperweight

Price: $28.95



This finely crafted paperweight is a scaled reproduction of Mount Vernon’s famous Key to the Bastille, the infamous prison in Paris overthrown at the beginning of the French Revolution.  A symbol of freedom and liberty, the Key was sent in 1790 to George Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette, a leader of the French Revolution who had served under Washington during the American Revolutionary War a decade earlier.  The Key has remained at Mount Vernon for 200 years, prominently displayed in its original wood and glass case in the Mansion’s central passage.  In a letter that accompanied the key, Lafayette wrote with heartfelt emotion, “Give me leave, my dear General, to present you…with the main key to the fortress of despotism.  It is a tribute which I owe as a son to my adoptive father, as an aide de camp to my General, as a missionary of liberty to its patriarch..” The original key was delivered to General Washington by Thomas Paine.

The replica cast iron key is approximately 7” long and weighs 1 pound.  Card with information about the Key to the Bastille is included.  Crafted in America.


Item # 17904
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