by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is an 18th-century escutcheon recovered archaeologically at George Washington’s Ferry Farm. This escutcheon was scanned on site in the Small Finds Laboratory at Ferry Farm in December 2014. According to Laura Galke, Small Finds Analyst for Ferry Farm, this escutcheon dates to the first part of the 18th century, prior to the occupation of Ferry Farm by the Washington Family. However, it may have been part of built-in cabinets from a previous tenet, so the escutcheon may have seen use during the Washington occupation of the Ferry Farm house, which began in 1738 when George Washington was 3 years of age.