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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Fragment of George Washington's coffin

Overview

Creator: American (nationality)
Creation Date: 
1799
Dimensions: 
1.2 x 17.0 x 3.0 cm
RCIN 
84451
Acquirer: King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1841-1910), when Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (1841-63)
Provenance: 
Presented to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, by Mr Washington at Mount Vernon, 3 October 1860
Description:

A piece of wood from the first coffin of George Washington. This coffin was broken up after the President was reinterred in the Washington Mausoleum at Mount Vernon, in the 1830s. This shard was presented to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, in 1860 on his visit to the United States. He was the first member of the royal family to visit the nation.

Further details

Category: 
Miscellaneous (Works of Art)