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Trifolium fragiferum
Date Made/Found: 1773
Donor: Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society , 1822 - 1932
Previous owner: Jonathan Salt , 1759 - 1815
Place Object Found: London
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: X1965.1759
This strawberry clover is the oldest known specimen in Sheffield's herbarium. It was collected from somewhere near London in 1773 by William Staniforth, a Sheffield based surgeon. The Boston Tea Party, where American revolutionaries tipped a cargo of tea into Boston Harbour, occurred a few months after this plant was picked. The two events are believed to be unrelated.
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