Sewing box 11 by 7 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches deep with hand painted emblem for the 1775 Continental $1/6 paper bill along with a paper copy documenting the symbol.
FUGIO ("Time flies") MIND YOUR BUSINESS appeared on the front side of the 1/6th Continental dollar bill. This shows a sundial and beaming sun. The design is believed to have come from Benjamin Franklin. This bill has two symbols; one on each face. It appears it was originally intended to mint the same design onto a silver dollar coin; however only a few pewter pieces were struck.
AMERICAN CONGRESS - WE ARE ONE appeared on the reverse side of the 1/6th Continental dollar bill. This shows a circle of 13 linked rings gearing the names of each rebelling colony surrounding a sun and sunbeams with the motto within. This symbol was also painted onto a buff silk regimental color between February and late summer of 1776. The color was presumably issued to an unknown New England Continental Army regiment shortly afterwards, for it was captured (still furled) with American army baggage during the retreat from Fort Ticonderoga in July 1777. A second occurrence of this symbol outside its money came when a German artist depicted a rebel soldier in white fringed hunting shirt with a brimless black leather cap with a similar device painted on the cap's front piece.
The box is made of pasteboard but is formed to shape not hand sewn of flat board as it should. The paints used here are similar to 18th century buttermilk paints, if not close duplicates of those paints. They are resistant to water droplets, but not proof against a flood or sustained downpour. They are susceptible to scuffing by harder objects; one might want to wrap them when traveling.
Proudly and patriotically hand painted in the Virginia Territory by Steven Gilbert of the recreated Capt. Lewis Dubois 3rd NY formed in 1775. It should be noted this box is not copied after any original. It is hand crafted in a period way and inspired by period objects. It is intended to be a unique piece.
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 29 September, 2015.