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Relic Box

1968.182 (RS32512)

Description

Relic Box

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Label
"Cherished Possessions": In 1835, a sixth-generation descendant of Robert and Ann Pierce of Dorchester, Massachusetts, gathered some family treasures and placed them together in a small box, with a descriptive label. Twenty years later another descendant covered over the first label with one of his own. The most remarkable of the relics are two pieces of bread allegedly brought from England in 1630. Even if it is not as old as claimed, the bread was already undeniably ancient by 1807, when a diarist to whom it was shown described it as “quite honeycombed by the worms.”
Maker
Clapp, John, 1764 (Maker)
Date
1835
Material
birch (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Object type
Ceremonial Artifact
Places
Dorchester (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
birch (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Relic, Religious
relics
Accession Number
1968.182
Credit Line
Gift of Anne Pierce Shaughnessy
GUSN
190954

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