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Independence Hall Museum Paul Revere Lantern
The Paul Revere Old North Church Lantern
An exact replica of the lantern used to signal Paul Revere from the steeple of the Od North Church on April 18, 1775.

One if by land, two if by sea:
This is a replica of the lanterns used to flash a warning signal from the steeple of the Old North Church in Boston to patriots waiting on the Cambridge shore of Boston Harbor on the night of April 18, 1775. Sons of Liberty members Paul Revere and William Dawes both tried to get out of Boston to spread the alarm about oncoming British troops. The lanterns were a pre-arranged back-up signal, in case neither Revere nor Dawes made it. If one lantern were displayed, it meant the troops were coming by land, and if two were displayed, it meant they were coming in boats across the Charles River ("One if by land, two if by sea.").

The Shot heard around the world:
Both Revere and Dawes made it to Lexington, Massachusetts and spread the alarm. Other alarm riders fanned out across the entire colony and even to adjoining colonies. At about 4:30 a.m., the British expeditionary force of 700 soldiers arrived at Lexington. They had thought they were on a secret night mission to capture the colony's gunpowder while the colonists would all be asleep. Instead, Revere and Dawes had gotten there hours before, and the British found a formation of wide-awake, armed angry colonists. Shots were exchanged, and thus, on Lexington Green began the American Revolution (The "Shot heard 'round the world")

Revere, Dawes and a couple of lanterns:
The British continued on to Concord, where they encountered more minutemen and militia, with more arriving all the time. More shots were exchanged, and the British wisely decided that it was time to get back to Boston. As they made their long march back, there were thousands of angry colonists shooting at them from all directions. If British General Gage in Boston had not sent out another thousand troops, along with two cannon the first group would have never made it back. Revere, Dawes and a couple of lanterns had done their jobs well.

Independence Hall Museum Paul Revere Lantern

Independence Hall Museum Commemorative Glassware
Commemorative Glassware
  • From the Centennial of 1876
  • From the Bicentennial of 1976

Independence Hall Museum 100 Years Ago

Independence Hall Museum James Wilson
  • Thirty Dollars
    These Colonial Currency Bills were signed by James Wilson who also signed the Declaration of Independence
  • Anno Regni Regis Georgii, Septimo
    A fine, large copy, with a few trifling margin repairs; Bound by Bayntun in 3/4 rose crushed morocco.

James Wilson Thirty Dollars

Independence Hall Museum Francis Hopkinson
  • Twenty Shillings
    These Colonial Currency Bills were signed by Francis Hopkinson who also signed the Declaration of Independence
  • The Commonwealth of Oceana
    Written by James Harrington in 1656 A.D. Harrington was born in Upton, Northamtonshire on Jan 11, 1611, and died in London on Sept. 11, 1677. It was such an important contribution to the scanty works on civil government that is was studied by the founding father generations.
  • Heal us and bring us together O God

Francis Hopkinson Twenty Shillings

Independence Hall Museum John Morton
  • These Colonial Currency Bills were signed by John Morton who also signed the Declaration of Independence

Independence Hall Museum John Morton Bills

Independence Hall Museum Fugio Cent
  • Fugio Cent
    First coinage issued by authority of the United States. Struck in New Haven, Conn.

Independence Hall Museum Checks
  • George Clymer
    A signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Oliver Wolcott
    A signer of the Declaration of Independence

Independence Hall Museum The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Gibbon
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Independence Hall Museum A Poetical Epistle
  • A Poetical Epistle

Independence Hall Museum Printed by Hall and Sellers
  • Thirty Shillings
  • Seven Dollars
  • Ten Shillings
Printed by Hall and Sellers

Independence Hall Museum Declaration of independence and Washingtons's Farewell Address
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Washingtons's Farewell Address
    To the people of the United States 1796

Independence Hall Museum William Howe
  • June 1788
    Appointment as Ensign in Third Regiment First Brigade and Second Division of the Militia

Independence Hall Museum 1876 Centennial Medallion
  • 1876 Centennial Medallion Rare gold foil print made in 1876

Independence Hall Museum Inkwell
  • Inkwell

Independence Hall Museum 1782 Check from Continental Army
  • Continental Army Checks from 1782

Independence Hall 1782 Check from Continental Army

Independence Hall Museum The People of Colonial America
The People of Colonial America
  • The Silversmith
  • The Spinner
  • The Candlemaker
  • The Butter Churner
  • The Shoemaker
  • The Planter
  • The Trapper
  • The Schoolmaster
  • The Glassbloweer
  • The Innkeeper
  • The Blacksmith
  • The Printer

  • Ladies Eyeglasses
    From Benjamin Franklin Era Donated by Joan Harrison, Buena Park, CA.

  • Washington's Elm Tree Carvings

Independence Hall Museum Unusual Carvings
Washington Elm Tree Carvings
These unusual carvings were done by Louie A. Bacon of West Newton, Mass. They were made from a limb cut from the Elm tree under which Washington stood on July 3, 1775 to take command of the Continental Army.

They have been placed on display by Mr. Harold Wetterholm of Lakewood, CA. in the name of his sons, Bruce and Jon. Louie Bacon is the father-in-law of Mr. Wetterholm, and the grandfather of the sons.

Independence Hall Museum Washington Elm Tree Carvings

Independence Hall Museum Candlestick
  • Porcelain Figurine
  • Candlestick

Independence Hall Museum Model 1776 Tower Flintlock Pistol
Model 1776 Tower Flintlock Pistol
This fascinating arm is an authentic copy of the famous British Tower Flintlock Pistol which was carried by both the American Revolutionary Army and the British Army in the Revolutionary War.

Independence Hall Museum Kentucky Flintlock Pistol
Kentucky Flintlock Pistol
This classic model is crafted after the original piece carried by many American Frontiersmen during the Revolutionary War. It was also carried by Andrew Jackson and many of his men when they fought the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.

Independence Hall Museum Wooden Canteen
Wooden Canteen
Used in the Revolutionary War by a soldier in the Continental Army. Manufactured by E. Burr, a brother of Aaron Burr, under contract tot he US Government.

Independence Hall Museum Commemorative Plates
Commemorative Plates
  • Independence Hall Plate
  • Liberty Bell Plate

This Commemorative Plate was commissioned by the Director of the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876. The Director was the husband of the Baroness Burdette-Couts of Braemar Castle, built by the Earl of Mar in 1628.

The Plate was made by Rowland and Marcellus, of Staffordshire, England.

(The underside of the plate contains this inscription: "Independence Hall, Phil., Pa., where the Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776"). The Baroness gave the plate to the mother of Helen Coutts, who brought it to the US in 1919.

Independence Hall Commemorative Plates

Independence Hall Museum Centennial Fan
  • Centennial Fan
    Registered June 8, 1975 Donated by Dr. Ronald Berg Hollywood, Calif.

Independence Hall Museum Betsy Ross
  • Betsy Ross