Expanded Hours

We're now open Wednesdays through Sundays! Proof of vaccination is required. Learn more >

Piece of flag and flagstaff from Fort Sumter

Classification: 
Date: 
1861
Medium: 
Wool, wood
Dimensions: 
Fragment (flag fragment): 4 x 2 in. (10.2 x 5.1 cm) Fragment (flagstaff): 1 1/8 x 2 in. (2.9 x 5.1 cm)
Description: 
Fragment of red linen taken from flag which flew over Fort Sumter, South Carolina, at the beginning of the Civil War, and fragment of wood from Fort Sumter flagstaff.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Sophie C. Anderson
Object Number: 
INV.4883ab
Marks: 
written: in ink on flagstaff fragment: "Piece of flag/staff Fort/Sumter S.C./April 12th & 13th/1861" written: in ink on flagstaff fragment (other side): "Flag staff/which held/flag flown/over Ft. Sumter/at beginning of/Civil War-"
Gallery Label: 
These Civil War relics were accompanied by a photograph and autograph of General Robert Anderson, who was the commander of Fort Sumter at the beginning of the Civil War. They were donated by Anderson's daughter around 1933.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1861
eMuseum Object ID: 
32706
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Floor board from the Dutch Reform Church, Schuylerville, NY

Classification: 
Date: 
ca.1792
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 1/2 x 3 x 1 1/4 in. ( 29.2 x 7.6 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Section of floor board with tongue for tongue and groove attachment.
Credit Line: 
Gift of James C. Sheldon
Object Number: 
1937.174
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this fragment comes from the Old Dutch Reform Church in Schulylerville, New York, which was built in 1792.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1792
eMuseum Object ID: 
32507
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragments of flag from Fort Sumter

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1861
Medium: 
Wool; wood, leather, metal, glass
Dimensions: 
overall, including frame: 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 1.3 x 8.3 x 9.5 cm )
Description: 
Two fragments of the flag which flew over Ft. Sumter at the beginning of the Civil War, one red fragment, one white fragment; housed in sixth-plate daguerreotype case and framed by scalloped mat; hinged top of case missing.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Jerome Alexander
Object Number: 
1949.58
Gallery Label: 
These fragments are from the flag which flew over Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina at the beginning of the Civil War.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1861
eMuseum Object ID: 
32361
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Piece of wood

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Wood, probably oak
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 5.7 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular section of wood with rounded top corners and dished-out section on top.
Object Number: 
INV.829
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
32344
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Plane and parachute fragments (2)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1945
Medium: 
Metal, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 1 1/4 × 5/8 × 1/8 in. (3.2 × 1.6 × 0.3 cm) Overall (b): 4 in. × 1 in. × 1/4 in. (10.2 × 2.5 × 0.6
Description: 
Small, roughly triangular piece of metal and short length of silk or nylon parachute cord salvaged from a B-25 bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.
Object Number: 
INV.2209ab
Marks: 
handwritten in pencil: on scrap of paper found with objects: "Gift of: / Mr. Herman Schweinert / 2008 Davidson Avenue / New York, N.Y. / piece of parachute cord and metal from plane that crashed into Empire State building / 1945."
Gallery Label: 
On July 28, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the seventy-ninth story of the Empire State Building, killing fourteen people but causing only minimal damage to the structure (see "The Encyclopedia of New York City," p. 376).
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1945
eMuseum Object ID: 
31941
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III

Classification: 
Date: 
1770-1776
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/2 x 7/8 x 1/2 in. ( 1.3 x 2.2 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Fragment of molded lead statue of George III with traces of gilding.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
1878.5a
Gallery Label: 
The gilded statue of George III placed at Bowling Green by the British Government was torn from its pedestal by a jubilant crowd after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. Fragments of the statue were transported to Litchfield, Connecticut and made into bullets for the Revolutionary troops. It is believed that Connecticut Loyalists took some of the fragments and hid them in and around their homes, for pieces such as this have been found buried in the area.This small fragment was returned to the Society in 1999, 100 years after being taken by Alwina Wlodeck during a visit to the Society in the 1890s. When the piece of the saddle was shown to her group, a small piece fell off and was kept by Ms. Wlodeck. It was returned by her great niece.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1776
eMuseum Object ID: 
30819
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Door knob on base

Classification: 
Date: 
1770-1850
Medium: 
Brass, wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 3 x 3 in. ( 5.7 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm )
Description: 
Brass door knob said to be from the Philip Livingston House in Brooklyn; mounted atop a square piece of wood painted salmon color.
Object Number: 
1907.34
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this door knob was taken from the Philip Livingston House in Brooklyn by Clarence B. Ensley when the building was destroyed in 1906. The Livingston House was scene of the American council-of-war after the Battle of Long Island.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
30801
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragments of wood (2) from the keel of the "Clermont"

Classification: 
Date: 
1807
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 1/8 × 11 7/8 × 3 1/4 in. (0.3 × 30.2 × 8.3 cm) Overall (b): 1/8 × 11 7/8 × 2 3/4 in. (0.3 × 30.2 ×
Description: 
Two fragments of wood from the keel of the steamboat "Clermont"; inscription on fragment (a).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Alfred Van Santvoord Olcott
Object Number: 
1951.415ab
Marks: 
ink inscription: on top of (a): "Cut from Keel of the Clermont, Robert Fulton's/First Steamboat 1807"
Gallery Label: 
This fragment from Robert Fulton's first steamboat "Clermont" was sawn from the ship's keel by carpenter Henry Weeks. A letter from J.G. Van Slyke to Mr. Eben E. Olcott (father of the donor) in 1906 testifies to the authenticity of the relic. The "Clermont," built in New York City in 1807, was the first commercially successful steamboat in America.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1807
eMuseum Object ID: 
30638
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Dried flowers gathered in cemetery of Union soldiers

Classification: 
Date: 
1869
Medium: 
Dried flowers, silk; wood, gesso, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 26.7 x 31.8 cm )
Description: 
Bouqet of dried flowers tied with silk ribbon, in gilded frame; inscription below flowers reads "Gathered in the/Cemetery of the Union Soldiers at Chattanooga/March 21st 1869"
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Marion H. Swasey, 1899
Object Number: 
INV.7866
Marks: 
ink inscription: on backing, below flower bouquet: "Gathered in the/Cemetery of the Union Soldiers at Chattanooga/March 21st 1869" ink inscription: on label glued to glass: "Presented to/The New York Historical Society/by Miss Marion H. Swasey/New Bedfor
Gallery Label: 
This bouquet of dried flowers was gathered at the Cemetary of Union Soldiers in Chattanooga, TN in 1869, probably by the donor, Miss Marion H. Swasey of New Bedford, MA.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1869
eMuseum Object ID: 
30587
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Rivets (3 pieces) from Grant's Tomb

Classification: 
Date: 
1885-1897
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
overall (c): 1 x 1 x 1 1/8 in. ( 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Two iron rivets (one in two pieces) from the tomb of Ulysses S. Grant; taken when the tomb was opened in 1902 for Mrs. Grant's body; rivets have thick cylindrical body and domed circular head.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. James King Hand
Object Number: 
1942.190a-c
Gallery Label: 
These rivets were taken from Grant's tomb in 1902 when Mrs. Grant's body was interred alongside her husband's. The monument is located near the intersection of Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street, and is the final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) and his wife Julia Dent Grant (1826-1902).
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1897
eMuseum Object ID: 
30454
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - HISTORIC RELICS
Creative: Tronvig Group