Lead Hand, Wrist, and Forearm Likely from the Statue of King George III at Bowling Green, New York City, c. 1770, lead left hand, wrist, and forearm, with two small holes on the back of the hand, with internal iron nails for likely attaching the stature to an internal armature, overall lg. 21 in.
Provenance: Found in Wilton, Connecticut, in 1991 by a resident of the town who lived in a home owned by Tory Job Burlock.
Note: The statue, originally erected in 1770, was pulled down on July 9, 1776, broken up and shipped to Litchfield, Connecticut, to be melted and cast into musket balls. The carts hauling the pieces stopped for the night in Wilton, Connecticut. During the early morning hours loyalists living in the area took a number of the statue's pieces and hid them in various locations in the town.
PXRF analysis was performed on this fragment and compared with data collected from pXRF analysis conducted on two fragments of the statue in the New-York Historical Society collection. The data shows that this and the N-YHS fragments are a virtually perfect alloy match.
Some damage to the lead from being dropped, buried, and planted in a garden for years.
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