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Banner holder

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This heart-shaped banner holder retains its original padded leather backing, with a ring at the top for a leather shoulder strap. A single socket protrudes to hold the shaft of a banner pole or flagpole. There is a chased and punched geometric border.

Inscription

"Cambridge / 1804 / Lt. Infantry" engraved on top at edge

Marks

none

Provenance

According to family history and tradition, the original owner was Lemuel Pope (1777 – 1851) of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It descended in the family to the eponymous donor of Washington, D.C.

Credit Line

Gift of Lemuel Pope

about 1804

Object Place

Probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

11 x 11.7 x 7.1 cm (4 5/16 x 4 5/8 x 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.616

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware