Timber cut from the side of Ironside, the Frigate Constitution, in 1847. Pasted onto the wood is a letter from R. W. Burnham of Essex to Fitch Poole about the gift. Based on the evidence Robert W. Burnham (Sr.) gave the wood to the library because his son, also Robert Burnham, joined up to fight in the Civil War. Both worked as ship builders.
R.W. Burnham's may have been Robert Woodberry Burnham.
Essex Jan. 19, 1861
This piece of live oak was cut from one of the original timbers of "Old Ironsides" in 1847
It was [an] unacceptable please give it a place among your antique [unknown] and oblige you for the preservation of the Constitution.
|Dimensions||H-3 W-4 L-6 inches|
|Collection||Local History Resource Center|
Burnham, R. W.
Essex (Mass.) - History
Peabody Institute (Peabody, Mass.)
Peabody Institute (Peabody, Mass.)--History
Peabody Institute (Peabody, Mass.)--History--Artifacts
Poole, Fitch, 1803-1873
South Danvers (Mass.)
|Legal Status||Property of the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA|