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Pulpit base, heavily carved mahogany with foliate, acanthus, and other ornamental designs. Wider at top with stepbacks on sides.
bases (object components)
white pine (wood)
"Cherished Possession": This handsomely carved pulpit was the focal point of the interior of the splendid Brattle Square Church in Boston, Massachusetts, which was built just before the American Revolution. The church boasted the wealthiest and most politically connected congregation in the city, including both Tories and patriots like John Hancock. When the British occupied Boston, they used the church as barracks; fortunately, the church's deacons were able to protect the pulpit from vandalism by erecting a wooden barrier around it. In 1778, the Reverend Samuel Cooper stood behind the pulpit to break the news that marked the Revolution's turning point-the French had agreed to join forces with the patriots.
Original To Brattle Street Church,
Title Desk Accession Number 6.1960B
Attributed to Crafts, William, 1736-1800 (Carver)
Attributed to Burbeck, William, 1716-1785 (Carver)
Ceremonial Artifacts; Religious Objects
36 x 51 x 18 (HxWxD) (inches)
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)