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Object Name BOX
Catalog Number 0985.08.00043
Date 1861-1865
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
Provenance 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.
People Witten, William M.
Search Terms Fort Delaware
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war
Safes
Books