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Discovery of a long-lost American relic with George Washington's DNA…

Discovery of a long-lost American relic with George Washington's DNA…

 Image: John Trumbull, Who George Washington Gifted the Historic Artifact, Painted This “General George Washington Resigning His Commission” 1824 for the President.

Image: John Trumbull, Who George Washington Gifted the Historic Artifact, Painted This “General George Washington Resigning His Commission” 1824 for the President.

This Washington Breast Pin is the missing, storied lock of U.S. President George Washington's (1732-1799) hair that was personally given by George Washington to famous American artist and personal aide John Trumbull (1756-1843) in June 1793. Upon John Trumbull’s death, he willed it back to the Washington family via his personal physician Dr. James A. Washington. 

The box that holds the Breast Pin (locket) has a leather cover over the wood from the ship Constitution. The Breast Pin has George Washington's plated hair set in solid gold with 41 seed pearls surrounding it; it is inscribed and dated on the back. There are 13 gold stars representing the 13 states, or colonies, that have long since sifted under the hair. President George Washington had the gold pin made in France expressly for John Trumbull. 

In addition, the Washington collection includes several swords, guns, a painted Madonna presented by the King and Queen of Spain, a signed document by Major General Lafayette, a painting of Dr. James A. Washington purported to have been painted by John Trumbull, and intimate letters from Dr. James A. Washington to his parents while traveling with Lafayette in France.

While his son, James A. Washington (1845-1920), was living in the Stockade of Schenectady in the second half of the 19th century, famous American financier, banker and art collector J. Pierpont Morgan (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) offered the family $17,000 for the breast pin, but the family had no desire to sell it.

No photographs have ever been taken until now. Since the time it was given from the hand of George Washington, you are among the very few to see this beautiful piece of American history. Continue reading and view images...


Editor's Note:  If you are interested in this artifact, be sure to read about the other historic American artifact which is one of the oldest known quilts in America made by the Yale University founder's wife in the 17th Century! (Pretty cool stuff)

 

 

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