Friday, October 6, 2017

The chest of Jared Joy

One challenge I find when I visit the Library of Congress website is that there's often very little information to accompany the photos. This week, for instance, I found this image, titled "Chest of Jared Joy, member of the original Boston tea party." I tried to enlarge it so I could read the words on the piece of paper attached to the lid, but that didn't work. So here's my question: do you think this was just an everyday chest that belonged to Mr. Joy, or do you think the chest had some significance to the Boston Tea Party? This couldn't possibly be the kind of thing that the tea was stored in, could it? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

And while I try not to covet, I must say that I would dearly love to own this item in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society, some original tea leaves "steeped in Boston Harbor."

Can you even imagine how delightful it must be to have an artifact that was actually there? Wow!


  1. I wonder who scooped up those tea leaves and that "somebody will want these someday"!

  2. Very interesting. Maybe the chest was part of the tea party.

  3. I would love that chest full of tea, please! I can just imagine it was full of tea and Jared opened it up and dumped it. Oh so sad.


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