The State Museum of Pennsylvania Image of Penn's Treaty
An Image of Peace: The William Penn Treaty

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An Image
of Peace

Deeds of Peace

The Elegant Land

The Common People

Brother Onas...
William Penn

Creating an
Image of Peace

Spreading an
Image of Peace

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The Monument of William Penn Jerusha G. Bakov
The Monument of 
William Penn,
c.1830 - 40
Charcoal on prepared paper

10 1/8 x 14 1/8
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin

Two chairs survive among the souvenirs made from pieces of the "treaty elm." The faint image of Penn’s Treaty, probably clipped from a book and pasted on this chair’s back, serves as a symbol of its history.

Elm wood, c. 1810

Elm Treaty Chair
Elm wood, c. 1810
36 1/2 x 21 x 19
The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Advertisers drew on the image of Penn’s Treaty as a symbol of honesty, purity, and integrity. What better qualities to endorse such products as medicine, perfume, and food?