A short piece of branch with original old label.
The Old Boston Elm had been a prominent fixture on the common going back to the Pilgrim Century. It had been used as a place for public hangings, and for laundry by the local women. Many a duel of honor took place under the massive expanse of limbs and foliage, and provided shade for residents to converse on a hot day, or for local politicians and patriots to plan their next important moves against a Mother Country.
Over the years the old elm had become a source of great pride; a significant link to the past, and just a most pleasing object to gaze upon, until a stormy day in Bean Town brought it down on February 15, 1876, America’s Centennial year. Its limbs were not wasted, and Bostonians repurposed the wood to fashion all sort of souvenirs, and more significant keepsakes, of which this section is one.
Most simple in form, and with only a period printed note adhered to it, this 6 1/2 inch section made an inexpensive souvenir for some visiter in that era. The label reads:
This piece of wood is from the old Tree that stood in the Boston Common, known so well by the New Englanders. The tree is of unknown age, was fully grown in 1722. Was blown down in a gale in 1876.”
Some areas of printing are thin, but all is legible. A neat piece of Americana.