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Liberty Bell Relic

Framed Liberty Bell metal relic. There are several handwritten as well as typed pieces of information affixed to wood backing comprising: 1) "By Captain Isaac W. Heysinger, M.A., M.D. of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States……." (Captain I.W. Heysinger was a Civil War Captain in The 19th Cavalry of Pennsylvania. Captain I.W. Heysinger was in the Antietam and the Maryland and Virginia campaigns of 1862); 2) "1613 Green St. / Philada Dec 13 1893 / Mr t (s)haualiceen Dlearpin Responding to your inquiry I would state that the piece of bell metal you have from me was broken from the old liberty bell over in independence hall some 20 years ago by one of the mechanic they employed…….Yours truly, Tomas d"; 3) Stamped envelope dated Dec 13, 1893 addressed to Mr. M. Shanahan; 4) "The Old Liberty Bell…..A fragment measuring an inch and three-eights by three quarters of an inch….chipped from the side of the crack by a workman in the room forty years ago ….."; 5) "I guarantee the genuineness of this fragment of the old liberty bell….in the year of 1872. He presented it to Mr. Thomas D. Watson and later on Mr. Shanahan obtained it from Mr. Watson…..I took this fragment to _____Hall and fitted it to the scan…..can now see the place and cold chisel mark on both.  Isaac W. Heysinger. (Captain I.W. Heysinger was a Civil War Captain in The 19th Cavalry of Pennsylvania. Captain I.W. Heysinger was in the Antietam and the Maryland and Virginia campaigns of 1862). Provenance: Acquired by present owner in 1930s. Dimensions: 1 3/8" x 3/4". While we haven't had the opportunity to physically match up the fragment to a corresponding loss on the bell we have been informed by the National Park Service many such losses exist, adding to the credibility of the well documented history. They also confirmed that Thomas Watson (1836-1897), Michael Shanahan (1839-1895) and Captain Isaac Winter Heysinger, M.D. (1842-1917) were all from Philadelphia and likely connected by membership in a fraternal organization. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $25.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. 

Condition:

Some wear to frame. Relic intact. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups.

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$15,730
05/20/2020

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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards. 21% buyer's premium for this auction through witherells.com.