George Washington's Seal, gold and carnelian, 1794

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George Washington was given this seal to commemorate the laying of the U.S. Capitol’s cornerstone. The seal itself, used to close documents, is carved with Washington’s initials and coat of arms. It is set in a gold fob, engraved with inscriptions that refer to Washington’s membership in the Masons, who also took part in the cornerstone ceremonies.

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Mel Sembler

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