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Christopher Ludwick (1720-1801), a native of Hesse-Darmstadt in the German-speaking region of central Europe, established a bakery in Philadelphia in 1754. Ludwick later served as Superintendent of Bakers in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. His descendants carefully preserved this carved wooden cookie board or mold as a memento of their ancestor’s role in the founding of the United States. They donated it to the Valley Forge Historical Society, the Museum of the American Revolution’s predecessor organization, in 1953.

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  • Cookie Mold
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Museum of the American Revolution


Image 092320 16x9 Marquis De Lafayette Brazier Collection Item Brazier 0

Marquis de Lafayette's Brazier

This 18th-century brazier, believed to have been brought to America by Marquis de Lafayette during the American Revolution, was designed to hold hot coals and for cooking.
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Image 091120 George Washington Camp Cups Silver Camp Cups

George Washington's Camp Cups

These cups, with later commemorative inscriptions, are part of a set of twelve that descended in the Washington family and are said to have been owned and used by George Washington during the war.
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Image 091120 16x9 Success City Boston Mug Collection Boston Mug

"Success to Boston" Mug

Inscribed “Success to ye city of Boston, Liberty For Ever” with a fantastical townscape, this English mug evokes the early years of the American Revolution.
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