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Paperweight

Paperweight

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
paperweight
date made
ca 1876
patent date
1876-02-22
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1987.0262.1
accession number
1987.0262
catalog number
1987.262.1
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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