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Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, New Netherland: Preparatory Drawing for a Presentation to the Dutch West India Company

Exhibitions: 
Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Date: 
ca. 1630
Medium: 
Black ink and wash, watercolor, red and black chalk, and red gouache, with contours incised by a stylus on laid on paper, mounted on card
Dimensions: 
Overall (irregular): 12 x 14 1/4 in. (30.5 x 36.2 cm) Mat: 14 x 18 in. ( 35.6 x 45.7 cm )
Description: 
Heraldry. Inscribed in ink below the coat of arms in mid-17th century script, in Dutch: "Nota dit waepe(n) was ee(n) concept doch niet goet gevonden" Translation: "Note: this coat of arms was a draft and was not approved".
Credit Line: 
Gift of J. Carson Brevoort
Object Number: 
1885.5
Marks: 
Inscription: Inscribed in 17th century Dutch script in brown ink lower center: "Nota dit waepe(n) was alz [?] concept doch niet goet gevonden" Translation: "Note: this coat of arms was a draft and was not approved"; inside escutcheon under beaver: I otter
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in 17th century Dutch script in brown ink lower center: "Nota dit waepe(n) was alz [?] concept doch niet goet gevonden"; Translation: "Note: this coat of arms was a draft and was not approved"; inside escutcheon under beaver: I otter [?]"; old typed label on verso of card: "Drawing of a proposed coat of arms for the West-India Company, 1621-23, but not adopted. From the papers of J. Bontemantel, a shareholder and on the special committee of the New Netherlands."
Gallery Label: 
This illustration first appeared in a catalog of a sale held by Frederick Mulller & Co., Amsterdam in May 1869. Item 1368, as the catalog designated it, was described as a "projet" (design) for the coat-of-arms of New Amsterdam in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, now New York. It represents the arms of the city of Amsterdam surmounted by the imperial crown and between two beavers instead of two rampant lions. At the bottom Bontemantel has written that the "projet" was rejected.
Provenance: 
Provenance: Johannes (Hans) Bontemantel, New Amsterdam (New York), c. 1630; Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, May 1869, lot 1368
Bibliography: 
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 173-175
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1632
eMuseum Object ID: 
57249
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Subway token

Classification: 
Exhibitions: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Date: 
1995-2003
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Circular New York City transit token; obverse: "NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY"; reverse: "GOOD FOR ONE FARE"
Credit Line: 
Gift of Margaret K. Hofer
Object Number: 
2003.44.2
Gallery Label: 
This token is the fifth version of the New York City subway token. The first was issued in 1953, followed by new versions in 1970, 1980, 1986, and this one in 1995. New York City was one of the last major transit systems to adopt an electronic fare system, which was finally set in motion with the first electronic turnstile and sale of MetroCards in 1994. The last subway tokens were sold on April 12, 2003.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2003
eMuseum Object ID: 
52187
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Draft wheel

Exhibitions: 
Collections: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Highlight: 
Display this item in the highlights
Date: 
ca. 1863
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 x 25 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. ( 58.4 x 64.8 x 55.2 cm )
Description: 
Civil War draft wheel; cylindrical drum with a rectangular, lockable hatch and an iron and wood handle, set on trestle frame with bracket feet and a turned stretcher; brass plaque on side. [3,606 registration cards with names of draft-eligible men, originally found in the drum, are held by the N-YHS Library].
Credit Line: 
Gift of Frederic C. Wagner
Object Number: 
1865.6
Marks: 
Plaque (engraved): DRAFT WHEEL/ USED JULY 13, 1863/ WITH NAMES OF RESIDENTS IN THE/ 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT N.Y. CITY/ COMPRISING THE 11TH AND 17TH WARDS/ PRESENTED BY FREDERIC C. WAGNER/ CAPTAIN AND PROVOST MARSHALL/ JUNE 20TH 1865 Description: Brass
Gallery Label: 
This drum-shaped wheel was used in the draft lottery for the Civil War held on July 13, 1863 in the 7th Congressional District, comprising the 11th and 17th Wards of New York City (the East Side below 14th Street and above Rivington Street). The draft lottery, part of the nation's first conscription act, touched off the worst urban riots in American history.
Bibliography: 
Holzer, Harold, ed. "Lincoln and New York." New York: The New-York Historical Society and London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 2009. Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1863
eMuseum Object ID: 
27323
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Keg from the Erie Canal celebration

Exhibitions: 
Collections: 
Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Date: 
ca. 1825
Medium: 
Wood, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 x 12 in. ( 40.6 x 30.5 cm )
Description: 
Small wooden barrel with an eagle and the words "WATER" and "Lake Erie" painted on front; brass plaque with inscription attached below rim.
Object Number: 
X.48
Marks: 
Label: brass plaque inscribed "KEG / FROM WHICH GOVERNOR CLINTON / POURED THE WATER OF LAKE ERIE INTO THE ATLANTIC / OCTOBER 26, 1825 / ON THE COMPLETION OF THE ERIE CANAL" Inscription: painted on front of barrel "WATER / Lake Erie"
Gallery Label: 
Keg used by Governor DeWitt Clinton in pouring the water of Lake Erie into the Atlantic Ocean at Sandy Hook on November 4, 1825 as part of the ceremonies attending the completion of the Erie Canal on October 26, 1825.
Bibliography: 
Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1825
eMuseum Object ID: 
21950
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

World Trade Center dust

Exhibitions: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Date: 
2001
Description: 
Dust collected in the vicinity of the World Trade Center on September 12, 2001 from a soot-coated car transformed into a spontaneous memorial after it was towed from the disaster site.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Andrew H. Davis
Object Number: 
2002.19
Gallery Label: 
Much of lower Manhattan was covered with layers of dust generated by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Urban historian Andrew Davis observed a vehicle covered in a layer of dust four inches thick. He filled a small plastic bag with the thick, gray dust on September 12th. Shortly after the bag of contaminated dust, sprinkled with particles of paper and building materials, was given to the N-YHS, conservators carefully transferred the contents to a glass specimen jar, so that it could safely be studied and preserved.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2001
eMuseum Object ID: 
2355
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Door with graffiti tags from the studio of Jack Stewart

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Graffiti door
Date: 
1970s
Medium: 
Metal, paint
Description: 

Door with graffiti tags from the studio of Jack Stewart, ca. 1970.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Regina Serniak Stewart
Object Number: 
2011.3
Exclude from TMS update: 
OFF
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Controller handle

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Controller handle
Date: 
1904
Medium: 
Silver, steel, ebony
Description: 
Embodying the pride and exhilaration surrounding the completion of New York City’s first subway system, this controller handle was used by Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. (1865-1940) to operate the first subway train on its maiden voyage on October 27, 1904.
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of George B. McClellan
Object Number: 
1922.103
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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