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By tradition, originally owned by John Hancock, Boston, Mass., and possibly the "leather sofa" valued at 1 pound and located in the Great Entry listed in his 1794 estate inventory; by 1846, owned by Capt. Josiah Sturgis; entry in Pilgrim Society's earliest acquisition book (Library and Cabinet 1820-1881), records the gift in 1846 to the Society of: "A couch which formerly belonged to Gov. John Hancock. Presented by Capt. Josiah Sturgis of the Revenue Cutter Hamilton of the U.S. 1846"; 1957, acquired by exchange with the Pilgrim Society, Plymouth, Mass. (Accession Date February 14, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift of John Templeman Coolidge, by exchange

first half 18th century

Object Place

Provencial, France


Overall: 109.9 x 255.3 x 74.9 cm (43 1/4 x 100 1/2 x 29 1/2 in.)

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Furniture, Seating and Beds