Time capsule hidden in lion statue becomes subject of documentary ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page A time capsule was opened that was sealed more than 100 years ago in the golden lion statue that perched atop Boston’s Old State House. Bostonian Society The time capsule included sealed letters, photographs, and newspaper articles in near-perfect condition. AP/Bostonian Society Among those depicted in portrait photographs were Boston Mayor Thomas Norton Hart (top left) and Massachusetts Governor Winthrop Murray Craine (bottom right) who both held office at the time. Bostonian Society One of the items the Bostonian Society didn’t expect was a piece of the original lion statue from the 1880s, identified by a small label. AP/Bostonian Society A nail from Old South Church and a nail from the Old State House were also in the capsule. AP/Bostonian Society) The items were in better condition than anyone at the society expected, said Heather Leet, the society’s spokeswoman. The Bostonian Society A letter from the time capsule. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Robert Shure, president of Skylight Studios, used a torch to remove the crown of a lion statue last Thursday containing a 113-year-old time capsule. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Shure removed crown from the lion statue. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff After removing the crown, Shure looked for the time capsule buried in the lion's head. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Shure pulled out the time capsule. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff A huge crowd gathered at Skylight Studios in Woburn to watch the time capsule be opened last Thursday. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Shure carefully opened the time capsule. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Bostonian Society's archivist, Elizabeth Roscio, grimaced after she determined the contents of time capsule were packed too tight for her to reveal them. Joanne Rathe/Globe sTaff A bright, red hardback book surrounded by paper was revealed. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Representatives from the Bostonian Society spoke to the media after opening the capsule. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff To the disappointment of the assembled onlookers, this was all they got to see. The society said it would not immediately unpack the contents of the capsule.