Duck press

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
mid-twentieth century
Medium: 
Probably nickel and iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 1/4 × 12 3/4 × 8 in. (41.3 × 32.4 × 20.3 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Cast cylindrical food press with wheel handle, mounted on base supported by four scrolled feet; cylindrical receptacle rests in spouted dish and covered by flat lid, and surrounded by arc-shaped frame; large circular, threaded dowel extends from center of receptacle through frame, and surmounted by wheel handle, which when turned facilitated pressing of duck meat. Frame and feet decorated with molded scrolls and scales, reminiscent of duck feathers and feet.

Credit Line: 
Gift of John and Susan Zuccotti
Object Number: 
2017.48
Marks: 
Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 

Pressed duck was a fashionable French delicacy created during the early nineteenth century in or around Rouen. The dish, known as “duck in blood sauce” (in France, canard à la rouennaise) was prepared with a duck press, like the one here, and became an important hallmark of classical French cuisine. By the late nineteenth century, the dish was identified as the specialty of the Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris. Wealthy Americans were enthralled by the dish, and when overseas flocked to the restaurant to enjoy it. Tour d’Argent recorded each time the dish was prepared, and gave patrons cards displaying the number served to them. Franklin Roosevelt, for example, enjoyed duck number 112,151.

This duck press belonged to Angelo Zuccotti (1909–1998), the head maître d’hôtel at New York’s El Morocco supper club during the 1950s and 1960s.

Provenance: 
Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1975
eMuseum Object ID: 
79920
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Rush holder

Classification: 
Date: 
19th Century
Medium: 
Iron, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 x 2 1/2 in. (25.4 x 6.4 cm)
Description: 
Wrought iron rush holder; scissor-like mechanism with short curved handle and long straight end inserted into bell-shaped wood block.
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.12
Gallery Label: 

A rushlight consisted of rush stripped of its outer skin and dried, then saturated in hot grease or fat and burned for light.

Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1899
eMuseum Object ID: 
65844
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Oil lamp

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
White metal
Description: 
Saucer base, stem with curved handle, removable font with single wick holder, wick pick attached to base of font with chain.
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.10
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1905
eMuseum Object ID: 
65842
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Oil Lamp (miner's safety lamp)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Brass, steel, glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (24.1 x 8.3 cm)
Description: 
Type A1 oil safety lamp with glass screen and steel chimney with air inlet holes.
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.9
Marks: 
Plaque stamped "PATTERSON LAMPS LTD / 118 / GATESHEAD-ON-TYNE"; Brass base stamped "PATTERSON LAMPS LTD GATESHEAD-ON-TYNE TYPE A1 APPROVED"
Gallery Label: 
Flame safety or "Davy" lamps, invented by Sir Humphrey Davy in 1815, helped to prevent explosions caused by flames coming in contact with flammable gases in mines.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1905
eMuseum Object ID: 
65841
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Lard lamp (Kinnear type)

Classification: 
Date: 
1851-1860
Medium: 
Tinned sheet iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/4 x 6 3/4 in. (15.9 x 17.1 cm)
Description: 
Saucer base, oblong front, ring handle (missing shade).
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.6
Marks: 
Front with stamped plaque: "S.N. & H. C. UFFORD, / 117 COURT ST. / BOSTON / KINNEAR'S PATENT / FEB 4, 1851."
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
65838
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fat lamp

Classification: 
Date: 
1830-1880
Medium: 
Sheet brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (12.1 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm) Overall (with hanger): 11 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (27.9 x 16.5 x
Description: 
Fat lamp; hanging type, elongated oval with removable spouted pan and hinged cover.
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.5
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1880
eMuseum Object ID: 
65837
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fat lamp (betty lamp)

Classification: 
Date: 
1830-1870
Medium: 
Copper and brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 3 in. (10.8 x 11.4 x 7.6 cm)
Description: 
Fat lamp (or betty lamp); hanging type, cover and wick supoprt (hanger missing).
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.4
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1870
eMuseum Object ID: 
65836
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fat lamp (crusie lamp)

Classification: 
Date: 
1830-1880
Medium: 
White metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 3 x 4 in. (14 x 7.6 x 10.2 cm) Overall (with hanger): 12 x 3 x 4 in. (30.5 x 7.6 x 10.2 cm)
Description: 
Fat lamp (or crusie lamp); anging type, open oval pan with spout and wick support; white metal with wrought iron hook.
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.3
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1880
eMuseum Object ID: 
65835
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fat lamp (crusie lamp with slots for four wicks)

Classification: 
Date: 
19th Century
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (12.7 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm) Overall (with chain extended): 9 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (22.9 x 8.3 x
Description: 
Wrought iron fat lamp (or crusie lamp) with slots for four wicks; hanging type, open square pan with outturned corners, wick pick on chain.
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.2
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1899
eMuseum Object ID: 
65834
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fat lamp (betty lamp)

Classification: 
Date: 
1830-1880
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 3 in. (11.4 x 7.6 cm) Overall (with hanger): 9 3/4 x 3 in. (24.8 x 7.6 cm)
Description: 
Hanging type fat lamp (or betty lamp) of wrought iron with wick support and hinged cover.
Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Object Number: 
2010.6.1
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1880
eMuseum Object ID: 
65833
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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