Historic Arms & Militaria
Identified Wallet/Pocketbook Purchased in Boston the Day after the British Evacuated the City, c. 1776, leather and pasteboard wallet with a brass clasp and incised leather lines, inside the wallet is a late 19th century label marked "Pocket-Book/Bought in Boston the day after/the evacuation of the British forces/by Benj. Darling/a soldier of the Revolution," on the bottom interior is an early 19th century label marked "Bought in Boston the/day after the Evacuation/of the British forces by Benj/Darling as soldier of the Revolution," ht. 4 1/4, lg. 6 in.
Provenance: By family descent to the consignor.
Note: Benjamin Darling, from Pembroke, Massachusetts, enlisted in the militia in 1776. He later served in the Artificers and the 4th Massachusetts Regiment, and was discharged in 1780.
Some wear from use and age but in good condition.
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