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Object Name Carving
Other Name Plaque
Object Number 1879.5.1
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description mulberry wood plaque; 2 men, 1 standing on each side, with arms resting on a shield; one man holds a fish and line, the other a shovel; wing-spread bird perched above shield; banner under shield with the words: "CRESCTE ET MULTIPLICAMINI"; hand written note on back of plaque (see provenance)
Dimensions W-5.472 L-6.26 inches
Material wood
Provenance according to the handwritten note on the back of the carving/plaque: "The wood of the carving is from a mulberry tree of gigantic size, which grew upon the first point settled in Maryland, the site of the ancient town of St. Mary, in 1634, and the tree was doubtless standing when the town was first established. It was located near the Town House, and the interior of the trunk, after the tree had fallen, was found to contain a large number of iron nails, used probably to tack up notices in early times. This memento was given to me by the Hon. Eli Jones Henkle, from the 5th Congressional district of Maryland, and is in turn, presented to President Hayes. Thos Lincoln Casey, Lt. Col., Corps of Engrs. May 31, 1879."
People Henkle, Eli Jones
Casey, Thomas Lincoln
Search Terms Thomas Lincoln Casey
Eli Jones Henkle
St. Mary, Maryland
mulberry wood plaque