Geo. Washington - Early 1800s Wood Carving of a Small Axe Evoking Cutting Down the Cherry Tree – Made of Wood from an Elm Tree at His Encampment Culminating in the Crossing of the Delaware & the Battle of Trenton
Miniature carving of an axe, 5.5” long handle, 3.5” axe head, total height about 7”, made of wood from an elm tree growing in the area where General George Washington encamped his army on their march culminating in the crossing of the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776.
This axe evokes the story of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree and telling his father, “I cannot tell a lie...”
A vintage soiled handwritten note in ink on paper, one word rubbed, was affixed on one side of the axe head: “G. Washington Hatchet Relick / from old Elm tree under whi[ch] / he encamped his army 1777 [sic 1776]"
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