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Early Nineteenth-Century Cooler
mid-1800s

"I shot an arrow in the air/It fell to earth, I know not where"
The depiction of a man holding an arrow and standing in an oak tree adorns this salt-glazed stoneware cooler from Connecticut or New York. The design is thought to illustrate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1845 poem "The Arrow and Song."

"I shot an arrow in the air

It fell to earth, I know not where

Long, long afterward in an oak

I found the arrow still unbroke."


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