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Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III (tail)

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III (tail)
Title
Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III (tail)
Date 
1770-1776
Medium 
Lead
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 19 x 13 in. ( 21.6 x 48.3 x 33 cm )
Description 
Fragment of molded lead statue; traces of gilding on one side; fragment molded in rippled form, probably for horse's tail.
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
1878.6
Gallery Label 
The gilded statue of George III placed at Bowling Green by the British Government was torn from its pedestal by a jubilant crowd after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. Fragments of the statue were transported to Litchfield, Connecticut and made into bullets for the Revolutionary troops. It is believed that Connecticut Loyalists took some of the fragments and hid them in and around their homes, for pieces such as this have been found buried in the area.
Bibliography 
Ramirez, Jan Seidler. "A History of the New-York Historical Society." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 138-145.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group