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About the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary 

The Franklin Artifacts database is an electronic catalogue of known surviving objects with a close association to Benjamin Franklin. Included are over 300 artifacts that he may have owned, been given, or gave away during his lifetime in addition to objects dedicated to his memorial. 

Explore the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary to learn about the life of Franklin through an interactive timeline, online exhibition, or trivia game. There are also several resources available from educational classroom materials, scholarly articles, and Franklin related books and websites to consider.

 

 

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    • Baptismal Bowl
    • Philadelphia

      Philip Syng, Jr.

      Silver; H. 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm), D. 5 3/4 in. (14.5 cm), Diam. 5 3/4 in. (14.5 cm)

      David A Schorsch - Eileen M. Smiles (Woodbury, Connecticut) 

       

    • Photo Credit: David A Schorsch - Eileen M. Smiles (Woodbury, Connecticut)
    • High Chest of Drawers
    • Philadelphia

      Mahogany, sabicu, yellow pine, and poplar; H. 97 3/4 in. (248.3 cm), W. 45 1/2 in. (115.6 cm), D. 23 in. (58.4 cm)

      The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage, (1989-450)

    • Photo Credit: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage, (1989-450)
    • Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
    • Benjamin West (Attributed)

      Oil on paper, mounted to canvas; 30x25

      Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers NY New York State Office Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Yonkers, NY)

       

    • Photo Credit: Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers NY New York State Office Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Yonkers, NY)
    • Common Press
    • English

      Wood and iron; H. 78 in. (198.1 cm), W. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm), D. 60 in. (152.4 cm)

      National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Behring Center (Washington, D.C.), L93.54 

    • Photo Credit: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Behring Center (Washington, D.C.), L93.54
    • Shoe Buckles
    • probably France

      Artificial diamonds and steel; box of wood, sharkskin, and satin lining; Each buckle: H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm), W. 3 in. (7.6 cm)

      David A Schorsch - Eileen M. Smiles (Woodbury, Connecticut)

       

    • Photo Credit: David A Schorsch - Eileen M. Smiles (Woodbury, Connecticut)
    • Refractive Sundial
    • Augsburg, Germany

      Christopher Schissler

      Copper, brass, silver, and gilding; Diam. 12 in. (30.5 cm) 

      American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.), 58-66 

       

    • Photo Credit: American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.), 58-66
    • Statuette of Benjamin Franklin
    • Burslem, Staffordshire, England

      Ralph Wood II (the younger) (Attributed)

      Cream-colored earthenware; H. 13 1/2in. (34.3 cm)

      American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) 

    • Photo Credit: American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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