Overall: 38 5/8 x 8 3/4 in. ( 98.1 x 22.2 cm )
inscribed: in center of spade: "THE FIRST SOD/ ON THE SITE OF THE NEW BUILDING OF THE/ NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY/76th & 77th STREETS, CENTRAL PARK WEST/ WAS TURNED WITH THIS SPADE BY/SAMUEL VERPLANCK HOFFMAN/SEPTEMBER TENTH NINETEEN HUNDRED AND TWO/THER
Metal spade inscribed in the center with a curved wooden shaft and oar shaped handle.
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