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Benjamin Franklin's Maxims

Benjamin Franklin's Maxims
Title
Benjamin Franklin's Maxims
Date 
1820-1840
Medium 
Cotton
Dimensions 
Overall: 16 1/2 x 18 5/8 in. ( 41.9 x 47.3 cm )
Description 
Cotton copper-engraved kerchief with portrait of Bemjamin Franklin in a garland surrounded by four vignettes representing his "maxims for youth"; printed in turkey red on a white ground; decorative border.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Ethel McCullough Scott, Mr. John G. McCullough, and Mrs. Edith McCullough Heaphy
Object Number 
1971.127
Marks 
printed: around portrait: "Dr. FRANKLIN'S MAXIMS/ or Moral Pictures for Youth/ Born at Boston Jany 17, 1706/ B. FRANKLIN. L.L.D. F.R.S./ Died at Philadelphia April 17, 1790." printed: allover: "Want of care does more damage/ Than want of knowledge./ God helps them/ that help themselves./For want of a nail the Shoe was lost, And for want of/ a Shoe the horse was lost./ He that by the Plough would thrive himself./ must either hold or drive./ Now I have a Cow, and a sheep everybody bids me good morning./ Little strokes fell great/ Oaks./ When the Well is dry theey know the/ worth of water."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group