Rare authentic antique bronze plaque in the shape of a Federal Shield. (see photo) It is presumed that these shields were nailed to a “Memory Tree” at The Centennial in 1876 and date to that era or earlier. Judging by the age, patina & construction of the shield it is possible they could be much earlier and could date to possibly the 25th in 1801, the 50th in 1826 or 75th Anniversary in 1851 of The signing. In any event they are very rare and a great historical piece of Americana. See all five listed. Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Born: January 17 [Jan. 6, Old Style], 1706 Died: April 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin was many things: a printer, writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, civic leader, and diplomat. As a scientist, he is best known for his experiments with electricity. As a writer, he is known for Poor Richard’s Almanac and his autobiography. He was the oldest figure of the American Revolution. Franklin also was the only person to sign the three documents that established the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the peace treaty with Britain that ended the Revolutionary War, and the Constitution.