Mineral covered box, ca. 1820

Contributed by Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum


An old wooden box, hinged on one side, is covered with stones and minerals which include quartz, smoky quartz, rose quartz, black tourmaline and mica. The stones are held to the box with cement. The box was in the attic of Hannibal Hamlin's home in Bangor which was given to Bangor Theological Seminary in the will of Ellen Emery Hamlin. It was with a collection of other Hamlin artifacts which included photographs, desk items and old books belonging to the Hamlin family.

Hannibal Hamlin's older brother Elijah discovered the first tourmaline in North America on Mount Mica near Paris Hill. He mined tourmaline and other minerals with his cousin and later his son Augustus. The rocks and minerals which decorate this box are plentiful in the area around Paris Hill.

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  • Title: Mineral covered box, ca. 1820
  • Creator: Hamlin
  • Creation Date: circa 1821
  • Subject Date: circa 1821
  • Location: Paris, Oxford County, ME
  • Media: Stone, wood
  • Dimensions: 14 cm x 24 cm x 17 cm
  • Local Code: 2007.05
  • Collection: Hamlin Collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum
PO Box 4316, Hannibal Hamlin Drive, Paris, ME 04271
(207) 743-2980

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