This is the water pitcher and drinking glass which sat on the counsel table in the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town, West Virginia during the 1859 trial of John Brown. It came out of the collection of former governor of West Virginia, William MacCorkle, who had quite a collection of West Virginia artifacts.
The antique trunk contains what we believe are the personal belongings of the 14 year old apprentice printer who received the original handwritten poem from Francis Scott Key, and turned it into a printed flyer, distributing 1,000 copies. Those leaflets, only 2 of which survived, went on to become our National Anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner.”
One of 262 chairs commissioned for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1857, photographer Mathew Brady – who was responsible for producing the most important visual documentation of the Civil War era – purportedly received the chair as a gift from Abraham Lincoln, a friend and subject he photographed many times over years.
Obviously on one of my favorite topics: pipe tomahawks. This, along with the flintlock, is a quintessential symbol of the American frontier in the 18th century. Perhaps more so than the flintlock, since there were flintlocks around the world; but pipe tomahawks are almost solely associated with North America.