Ceremonial trowel used in laying the cornerstone of the Minnesota State Capitol

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Titles Ceremonial trowel used in laying the cornerstone of the Minnesota State Capitol
Description A sterling silver mason's pointing trowel used in laying the cornerstone of the Minnesota State Capitol building in 1898. The blade is bordered with lady slipper leaves and blossoms and engraved: "Presented to Alexander Ramsey, the First Governor of the Territory and Second Governor of the State of Minnesota, by his Fellow Citizens, as Testimonial of Affection and Respect. With this Trowel the Corner Stone of The New State Capitol was laid at St. Paul, Minnesota, July 27, A.D. 1898". The Gorham Manufacturing Company trademark is stamped on the back with "STERLING" and "1887". The handle is wood stained black. The border and engraving were done after the trowel was made.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 14 inches length
4 1/2 inches width
2 inches height
Nomenclature corner trowel
Materials silver
wood
Creation Made by: Gorham Manufacturing Company
Subjects Used by: Ramsey, Alexander
Used during: Minnesota State Capitol ~ laying of cornerstone
Used in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Minnesota State Capitol
Politics and government
Part/fragment of: Old National House
Trade & Industry. Small Industry. Mason
Manners & Customs. Unclassified
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1887 - Not later than 1898 ("1887" is stamped on the back of the trowel; this may be a creation date.)
Use: Exactly 1898
Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 7508.2 (Accession Number)

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