The Opening of Paul Revere’s Time Capsule on the Antiques Auction Forum Podcast

In my most exciting historic podcast, I am on location at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for the Reveal Ceremony of the famed Paul Revere-Samuel Adams Time Capsule with Dan Sullivan of gemr.com. Plus, a phone interview with the woman who opened the box, Pam Hatchfield, who is Head of Objects Conservation at the MFA. Hatchfield is also president of the American Institute for Conservation.

A time capsule was buried in 1795 by then-Massachusetts Gov. Samuel Adams (right), famed patriot Paul Revere (left) and Col. William Scollay. It was opened on Jan. 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

A time capsule was buried in 1795 by then-Massachusetts Gov. Samuel Adams (right), famed patriot Paul Revere (left) and Col. William Scollay. It was opened on Jan. 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The original cowhide capsule was embedded in a cornerstone of the Massachusetts state Capitol then construction began in 1795. In 1855, the contents were shifted to a metal box and reburied. It was dug up in December.

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The contents of a time capsule buried in 1795 by then-Massachusetts Gov. Samuel Adams, famed patriot Paul Revere and Col. William Scollay (Photo: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)


Martin Willis’ Antique and Auction Forum podcast features interviews with key players in the antiques and collectibles trade.

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