Figural paperweight featuring the bust of the Goddess of Liberty atop a column emblazoned with a legible, minute copy of the Declaration of Independence, complete with facsimiles of the signatures and framed by branches of laurel and oak leaves. Square pedestal base bears symbols of science, art, agriculture, and commerce at the four corners of its cap, while the Landing of the Pilgrims (right), Signing of the Declaration of Independence (back), Battle of Bunker Hill (left), and (on the front) a business advertisement for "JAMES W. TUFTS / BOSTON MASS." are on its sides. Components are held together with internal rod secured with nut on bottom.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1876
patent date
Tufts, James W
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
overall: 8 3/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 21.2725 cm x 6.985 cm x 6.985 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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accession number
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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