Relic Box

Collection Type

  • Relics and souvenirs

Date

1835

GUSN

GUSN-190954

Description

Relic Box

Details

Descriptive Terms

relics
mahogany (wood)
birch (wood)
Relic, Religious

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)

Object Type

Ceremonial Artifact

Credit Line

Gift of Anne Pierce Shaughnessy

Accession Number

1968.182

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Dorchester (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]