Presented to the Academy by Dr. M.M. House

The inscription in the lid of the box reads:

"Presentation by:

Dr. M.M. House - Boston - Mass. August-1920

May this gavel be used in the coming years

to call Our Loyal Members together for earnest and

persevering research.

May it be accepted as a Token Emblematic of the High Ideals

toward which Our Society is Striving.

The wood from which this gavel is made is of Particular Historic Interest

The Head is from a Timber of the U.S. Frigate Wabash

And the Handle is from the U.S. Frigate Constitution."

Wikipedia references:

U.S. Frigate Wabash

U.S. Frigate Constitution