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Samuel Mudd Marquetry Box

First Featured In:

Denver, Hour 1

Event:

Denver, CO (2000)

Category:

Folk Art

Last Updated:

2015

Value (Auction):

$20,000 to $30,000

Appraiser:

Wes Cowan

About the find

During ROADSHOW’s 2000 event in Denver, appraiser Wes Cowan met Gerald, the owner of a handmade wooden box crafted by Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted as a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Mudd made the box while imprisoned at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas in 1867, fashioning its body and inlay from “exotic” driftwood he found on the beach. Hear more of Mudd’s story from Cowan and learn what happened to the box after ROADSHOW!

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