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Object ID # 1957.013.001
Object Name Knickknack
Title Coffin-Shaped Paperweight
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Credit line In Memory of J. B. Henderson
Date 1906
Made Unknown
Place of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Wooden model of a coffin, lettered with "Foundation Wood / Rufus Tomb / Winchester Cathedral / 1202 / 1906" carved into it. This English souvenir was obtained in 1906, likely when the Rufus Tomb was repaired. "Winchester ----- ------------" is also stamped lightly in script on the underside at the mid-point. See NOTES for details on William II (William Rufus) b. 1056 d. 1100 and his burial place.
Provenance This souvenir belonged to Col. Grassett, who used it as a paperweight. Gressett was from a prominent Toronto family of English origin. Mr. J. B. Henderson was a personal friend from World War 1, and a church officer at St. James, Toronto. Colonel Grassett gave the paperweight to him. Mr. Henderson later resided at Owen Sound, Grey County. The item last belonged to his wife.
Collection Office Equipment & Accessories Collection
Material Wood/Finish
Dimensions W-8.3 L-20 D-6 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Henderson, J. B.
Subjects Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Function A souvenir from 1906, that was used as a paperweight.