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    Houston gifts his "wooden heart" to Mrs. Gideon Welles

    Sam Houston: Original Wood Carvings. A grouping of nine carved items, presented to M. J. Welles, wife of Gideon Welles, who served as Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy. One of Sam Houston's hobbies was carving small items, many of them detailed and polished, from various types of wood. One of his favorite items was a "wooden heart" that he would present to female acquaintances. This assortment of carvings includes one Houston's iconic wooden hearts, as well as four thread bobbins, a round piece with an "X", and an antelope and its original pedestal (now detached). Accompanying the items is a small piece of paper (2" x .5"), torn from a larger sheet, on which Mrs. M. J. Welles wrote "by Gen'l Sam Hous[ton]". The items are stored in a wooden box with a painted lid from France (a tag with the price of 3.50 francs is affixed to the bottom). All carved items are in fine condition. A personal memento gifted by the father of Texas to the wife of a noted U.S. Statesman, a wonderful association relic.

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    December, 2007
    1st-3rd Saturday-Monday
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