Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday unveiled the oldest time capsule ever uncovered in the country, dating back to 1795.
The museum in the northeastern city of the US re-opened the oldest relic, which was last seen over a century and a half ago, during a press conference on Tuesday.
According to the museum, the capsule is slight smaller than a cigar box and weighs 10 pounds and measures 5.5 inches by 7.5 inches by 1.5 inches.
The ancient capsule also contains an engraved silver plate, copper and silver coins (that dates back from 1652 to 1855), a copper medal that depicts George Washington, cards, the seal of the commonwealth, newspapers and a title page from the Massachusetts colony records.
As soon as the relic was re-opened, the history buffs were found anxiously waiting for their turn to get a glimpse of the age-old items from the nation’s infancy.
According to the museum, then governor Samuel Adams and American Revolution patriot Paul Revere had originally placed the capsule under the State House cornerstone in the year 1795.
Adams was one of the founding fathers of the US.
The capsule along with some miscellaneous newspapers and coins was removed on December and were weighed and x-rayed, officials said.
It last had been discovered in the year 1855, when the authorities had documented and cleaned its contents.
Several items were added before it was finally plastered into the underside of a giant granite cornerstone.