Cufflinks, ca. 1780
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Otherwise on ongoing display at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
Accession records for the cufflinks include the following notation: "This teapot was handed down to me through my father Gen. H.L. Scott, and he received it from his mother Mary Blanchard Hodge Scott who was a great great grand daughter of Benjamin Franklin. I have always been told that Benjamin Franklin owned the teapot. Also the same is true of the cufflinks." Signed: Lewis Merril Scott.

Correspondence in the Franklin Papers records the purchase of small personal accessories such as cufflinks and buckles at the request of friends and family members. There is also the possibility that the cufflinks could have been bought for Franklin or one of his grandsons, William Temple Franklin or Benjamin Franklin Bache. Terms of Use Credits