April 27, 2021 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 9
 

9

A patch box made from William Penn's "Treaty Elm"
early 19th century

The lid set with a silver medallion engraved with monogram "WMP"; with paper label to interior, inscribed in ink, "This Box was made from a part of the celebrated Elm tree under the shade of which William Penn the Founder of Pennsylvania made a Treaty with the Indians in the year 1682."

Dia: 3 in.

Provenance

Property of a Philadelphia lady.

Sold for $4,410
Estimated at $800 - $1,200


 

The lid set with a silver medallion engraved with monogram "WMP"; with paper label to interior, inscribed in ink, "This Box was made from a part of the celebrated Elm tree under the shade of which William Penn the Founder of Pennsylvania made a Treaty with the Indians in the year 1682."

Dia: 3 in.

Provenance

Property of a Philadelphia lady.

Note

The famous elm tree under which William Penn is said to have made a peace agreement with the Lenape Indians stood in the Shackamaxon or Kensington neighborhood north of Philadelphia. It was felled by a storm on March 3, 1810 and greatly mourned. From this tree relics of all sorts were made.

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