Overall: 10 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 25.4 x 8.3 x 5.7 cm )
engraved: on the blade: "CORNER STONE/ MUNICIPAL BUILDING/ NEW YORK/ GEORGE B. McCLELLAN/ MAYOR/ DECEMBER 27./ 1909" in roman letters stamped: on the underside of the blade: "TIFFANY & CO/ 4172 MAKERS 5636/ STERLING SILVER/ 925-1000/ M"
Cast silver presentation trowel with a tapered, cylindrical handle, a curved stem and a diamond-shaped blade with a long pointed end; blade embossed with a laurel branch and an oak branch; handle engraved, "CORNER STONE/ MUNICIPAL BUILDING/ NEW YORK/ GEORGE B. McCLELLAN/ MAYOR/ DECEMBER 27./ 1909" in roman letters; makers' marks stamped on the underside of the blade.
This object was used by Mayor George B. McClelland in 1909 to lay the cornerstone of the Municipal Building, a classical skyscraper built at Chambers and Centre Streets.
Gift of George B. McClellan
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