Revolutionary War Era Rhode Island Tobacco Tin - Inventory Number: REV 027
Revolutionary War period oval tobacco tin measuring 5” by 3 ¼” with a Japanned finish. The lid has remnants of gold paint and depicts the anchor from the Seal of Rhode Island with the inscription “The Anchor of Hope.” Rhode Island was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a Christian minister, Anne Hutchinson, and others seeking religious freedom from persecution in Massachusetts and Europe. The seal's words and emblems were likely inspired by the biblical phrase "hope we have as an anchor of the soul," found in Hebrews, Verse 6:18-19. After Roger Williams received an official charter in England in 1644, the word "Hope" was placed over the seal's anchor and remains to this day.
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Inventory Number: REV 027