Antidiluvian Oak from bog near Killarney, Ireland

Description
The objects seen here are souvenirs collected by Abby Knight McLane and her husband Allen McLane. The well-traveled couple is thought to have personally gathered the collection, which represents the kind of curio-cabinet collecting that occupied many Americans in the late 1800s.
Though each piece is unique, McLane’s souvenir collection is a typical mix of found objects and items with historical associations: a piece of a cedar doorpost from Government House in St. Augustine, Florida; a stone in the shape of an arrowhead from Mount Pony, near Culpeper, Virginia; “antediluvian oak” from a bog near Killarney, Ireland; a small white stone from the ruins of Pompeii, Italy; and a round metal fragment of the HMS Great Eastern, the ship used in the laying of the Atlantic Cable.
Bequest of Abby Knight McLane, 1919
associated place
Republic of Ireland: Munster, Killarney
Physical Description
wood, oak (overall material)
ID Number
PL*033956
catalog number
033956
accession number
63786
subject
Souvenirs
See more items in
Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Souvenir Nation
Government, Politics, and Reform
Exhibition
Souvenir Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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