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John André
, n.d. n.d.. Piece of granite, 3” x 2” x 0.5”. Fine condition. From the John S. Reigart Collection of Historical American Relics.Attached to a card with string. A label was then affixed to the granite upon which Reigart neatly penned, “Cell of / Major Andre / A.D. 1780.” The card originally measured 3.25” x 4”, but the upper right has been torn off. Letters and words missing are in brackets. Reigart wrote on the card, “Piece of [the Cell] / in which Maj[or Andre] / was confined dur[ing the] / American Revoluti[on] / (at Fort Putnam, West [Point] / New Yor[k].”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 card and 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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