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Williamsburg, Virginia
n.d.. A 3/4" flat wooden disk recovered from "The Old Williamsburg Church" housed in a 2 " diameter, 2" tall glass jar with a metal lid. A relic recovered in the early 1880s which is accompanied by a newspaper clipping (housed inside the jar) describing the church in Williamsburg as the second oldest in America: "With one exception Christ Church, in Williamsburg, Va. is the oldest n this country. Among its worshippers have been our first President and his wife. The chancel contains the font from which Pocahontas received baptism. Of the two communion services belonging to the church one was presented by Queen Anne and the other by King George III. The church was injured during the civil war by being used as a hospital by the Federal army. Funds are being raised to put it in thorough repair. It is a historical monument of rare antiquity for this country." Today this church is open to the public at Colonial Williamsburg.

From the collection of John S. Reigart

John S. Reigart was born in 1833 or 1834 in New York City where he resided for most of his life. By occupation, he was a bank clerk with very precise penmanship which is evident on his identification label. During the mid and late 19th century, Reigart assembled a comprehensive collection of relics from every period of America’s history. He was clearly aware of the importance of provenance of all the pieces in his collection and included detailed documentation in the form of period ink script notes, most of which he attached to the actual artifacts. About ten years ago, Reigart’s collection was discovered in the estate of a deceased Connecticut book dealer.

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