This finely crafted keychain is a scaled interpretation of Mount Vernon's famous Key to the Bastille, the infamous prison in Paris overthrown at the beginning of the French Revolution. A symbol of freedom and liberty, the key was sent in 1790 to George Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette, a leader of the French Revolution who had served under Washington during the American Revolutionary War a decade earlier. The Key has remained at Mount Vernon for 200 years, prominently displayed in its original wood and glass case in the Mansion's central passage. In a letter that accompanied the key, Lafayette wrote with heartfelt emotion, "Give me leave, my dear General, to present you... with the main key to the fortress of despotism. It is a tribute which I owe as a son to my adoptive father, as an aide de camp To my General, - as a missionary of liberty to its patriarch." The key chain measures 4" long including the key ring.
Historical information is included on packaging that is easy to mail.
Made in the USA.