A piece of wood from the first coffin of George Washington. This coffin was broken up after the President was reinterred in the Washington Mausoleum at Mount Vernon, in the 1830s.
|(Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019. Photograph: English Heritage)|
This fragment was presented to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, in 1860 on his visit to the United States. He was the first heir to the British throne to undertake a tour of North America.
The shard was presented by Washington’s great, great nephew, John A. Washington Jr. at Mount Vernon, October 3, 1860.