http://www.halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions/2009/04_aldwyth_assemblage15.php.

Description:

Assemblage piece consisting of two wooden panels attached with hinges to a wooden block.
Black and red button-like objects and wires are connected to the fronts of the panels.
Almost all wires appear frayed and do not connect with any other wires or buttons.
One set of wires is connected.
Rests on a metal nut-and-bolt base.
"Common Sense" guage at the top of the wooden block.


Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was first published anonymously on January 10, 1776, during the American Revolution. Common Sense, signed "Written by an Englishman", became an immediate success.[2] In relation to the population of the Colonies at that time, it had the largest sale and circulation of any book in American history. Common Sense presented the American colonists with a powerful argument for independence from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood; forgoing the philosophy and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, Paine structured Common Sense like a sermon and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[3] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as, "the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era".[4]

( Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet) )