Hudson-Fulton Celebration commemorative spade with cover

Object Number: 
INV.8991ab
Date: 
1909
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 33 3/8 x 4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 84.8 x 10.2 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on spade: "USED BY DR EDWARD HAGAMAN HALL OF THE HUDSON FULTON/CELEBRATION COMMISSION TO DIRECT THE BREAKING OF/GROUND FOR THE/HENRY HUDSON MONUMENT/ON SPUYTEN DUYVIL HILL. JULY 5TH 1909..."
Description: 
Spade with cylindrical wooden shaft, handle, and silver-plated metal spade end used in breaking ground for the Henry Hudson Monument on Spuyten Duyvil Hill, July 5th, 1909. With felt bag bearing Tiffany & Co. label to cover silver-plated spade.
Gallery Label: 
This spade and three others were used in the groundbreaking for the Henry Hudson Monument on Spuyten Duyvil Hill, July 5th 1909. Four little girls, Misses Hope Johnson, Dorothy Radley, Helena Cox, and Jane McKelvey each turned sod in the name of Henry Hudson.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group