|Description||Rectangular wooden box, fashioned to look like a book. Covered with cloth that provides a hinge for the cardboard lid; cloth is the cover from a book, with title "Fudge Doings", and author, "By Ik. Marvel". Inside the box has nine slots and four partitions on the left side. A paper label attached to the interior lid of the box reads: "This is a Decoy Jewel Case used by Lieut. W.M. Witten to safely carry through the Federal lines his large assortment of trinkets made while a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware 1864 & 1865."|
|Dimensions||H-1.75 W-7.5 L-4.75 inches|
|Owned||William M. Witten|
|Made||William M. Witten|
Faux book safe, or box, made by Lieutenant William M. Witten while a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware and used to carry his trinkets home through Federal lines.
"This is a Decoy Jewel Case used by Lieut. W.M. Witten to safely carry through the Federal lines his large assortment of trinkets made while a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware 1864 & 1865." (note adhered inside box)
The book cover is from a book titled "Fudge Doings: being Tony Fudge's Record of the Same," by Ik. Marvel (pseudonym for Donald Grant Mitchell), published in New York by Scribner in 1855.
Witten, William M.
Prisoners of war