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Paperweight, Plymouth Rock

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Glass
DATES 1876
DIMENSIONS 1 1/4 x 3 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (3.2 x 8.6 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS On top of rock, molded: '1620' Around outer edge of bottom, molded in tiny letters: 'PROVIDENCE INKSTAND CO. 1876 MARY CHILTON. WAS THE FIRST TO LAND UPON THE ROCK. DEC. 21, 1620. PILGRIM ROCK TRADE MARK' Around edge of underside, molded: ' "A ROCK IN THE WILDERNESS WELCOMED OUR SIRES / FROM BONDAGE FAR OVER THE DARK ROLLING SEA, / ON THAT HOLY ALTAR THEY KINDLED THE FIRES / JEHOVAH! WHICH GLOW IN OUR BOSOMS FOR THEE" '
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 40.230
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Paperweight, Plymouth Rock, 1876. Glass, 1 1/4 x 3 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (3.2 x 8.6 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription, 40.230. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 40.230_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Colorless pressed glass paperweight shaped into irregular, rounded form of Plymouth Rock; surface is mottled to imitate rough rock with crack; "1620" (date of the Pilgrims' landing) molded on top.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (74%)
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