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Feather from the dress of Montezuma

Classification: 
Date: 
1500-1520
Medium: 
Feather
Dimensions: 
overall, including mount: 8 x 6 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 16.5 cm )
Description: 
Feather from Montezuma's dress mounted on paper backing and affixed with seal applied to end of feather; paper with handwritten note about history of feather.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John B. Murray, 1844
Object Number: 
INV.12239
Marks: 
handwritten: on paper: "A Feather,/from the Dress of Montezuma, taken/from it by the undersigned (by permission/of the Minister de l'Interieure) in the/Depot of Ancient Armor in the Palace/of Fine Arts at Brussels./May 9, 1842./John B Murray/Presented to
Gallery Label: 
This feather was supposedly worn by Montezuma II (1466-1520), the last Aztec emperor of Mexico, 1502-1520. It was acquired by the donor in 1842 from the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium and donated to the Historical Society in 1844.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1520
eMuseum Object ID: 
30046
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Impressions of New York seals (6)

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Paper, cardboard, glass
Dimensions: 
overall, including frame: 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. ( 1.3 x 38.7 x 52.1 cm )
Description: 
Impressions of six New York public seals, affixed to paper, matted and framed. The seals are 1) corporation seal, New York City, in use from 1686 to Revolution; 2) seal of Corporation of Trinity Church, 1697; 3) seal of N.Y. Comm. Council, struck immediately after Revolution; 4) territorial seal of Governor Dongan, ca. 1685; 6) Mayor's seal, 1795.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.5622
Marks: 
handwritten: in ink: "Impressions made from Anciene Public Seals. Presented by Mr. John Paulding." handwritten: in ink: descriptions of each seal, i.e. "No. 1. Corporation Seal, N.Y. City, in use from 1686 to present..."
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
30036
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bouquet of dried flowers

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Plant material, paper, aluminum foil, felt
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 x 6 x 8 in. ( 8.9 x 15.2 x 20.3 cm )
Description: 
Bouquet of dried flowers with paper doily wrapped beneath bouquet; stems wrapped with aluminum foil and in a sleeve of red felt.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
Object Number: 
1945.217
Gallery Label: 
This bouquet is associated with the singer Jenny Lind, but its specific connection is unknown.
Provenance: 
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
30033
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragment of regimental or state flag in envelope

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1846
Medium: 
Silk, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 3/8 x 2 in. ( 11.1 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Fragment of painted silk flag; scallop shape with light blue overall paint and portion of gold lettering.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell, 1925
Object Number: 
241
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on flag: "No 2" handwritten: note accompanying #242: "No 1. Piece of the National Flag, brot/Home by the Volunteers from Mexico./No 2. The Regimental or State Flag."
Gallery Label: 
This fragment of a regimental or state flag is a relic from the Mexican War.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1846
eMuseum Object ID: 
29998
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Piece of bale cotton from New York Cotton Exchange, John Draper in env.

Classification: 
Date: 
1875
Medium: 
Cotton fiber
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Piece of cotton fiber from a bale of cotton sold at the New York Cotton Exchange.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell, 1925
Object Number: 
236
Marks: 
handwritten: on accompanying envelope: "Piece of a Bale of Cotton/Sold at the N. York Cotton/Exchange by John H. Draper/for $300.00 for the Memphis/Sufferers." handwritten: on accompanying envelope: "Nov. 18/75"
Gallery Label: 
According to a note with the object, this cotton fiber is from a bale of cotton sold at the New York Cotton Exchange by John H. Draper for $300 for the Memphis Sufferers. The New York Cotton Exchange was formed in 1870 at 142 Pearl Street by local merchants who dominated the cotton export business before the Civil War, as well as such notable merchants from the South as the Lehman Brothers. It developed into the leading cotton futures market.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1875
eMuseum Object ID: 
29996
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Framed fragment of flag flown during inauguaration of George Washington

Classification: 
Date: 
1789
Medium: 
Silk, paint
Dimensions: 
fragment: 4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 10.2 x 9.5 cm ) overall, with frame: 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 3/8 in. ( 27.3 x 22.2 x 1 cm )
Description: 
Fragment of silk flag flown during inauguration of George Washington in 1789; silk fabric with gold, blue, gray and red painted decoration; painted lettering "PRE..." (President).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell
Object Number: 
1925.125
Gallery Label: 
This fragment is from a flag flown during George Washington's inauguration as first President of the U.S. on April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York City.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1789
eMuseum Object ID: 
29896
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragments of silk used for making balloons

Classification: 
Date: 
1861-1862
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 7 in. × 1 1/8 in. (17.8 × 2.9 cm) Overall (b): 4 1/2 in. × 3 1/2 in. (11.4 × 8.9 cm) Overall (c): 3 i
Description: 
Three silk swatches, two with fringed edges (b, c) of fabric used in making the first balloons in the United States.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Isaac F. Wood, 1881
Object Number: 
INV.12235a-c
Marks: 
written: on note pinned to a: "First balloon built for/the U.S. 1861" written: on note pinned to b&c: "2 different pieces of silk/used in the manufacture/of Five balloons/Jany. 1862"
Gallery Label: 
Both factions of the Civil War raced to incorporate new technologies into their military strategies. Hot-air balloons, first invented in 1783, were already allied with warfare: the French used balloons for reconnaissance in the 1790s during the French Revolutionary Wars, and again in 1859 at the Battle of Solferino. As the U.S. readied for war in early 1861, a handful of daredevil balloonists each offered their services, competing with publicity stunts and scientific endorsements to win favor with Abraham Lincoln and military leaders. The resulting Union Army Balloon Corps, led by Thaddeus Lowe and disbanded by summer 1863, commissioned Philadelphia seamstresses to construct balloon envelopes using double-thicknesses of the “best India silk,” which was varnished to make them leakproof. These three unvarnished silk swatches are said to be cut from fabrics used to make the first balloon in 1861 and five balloons in January 1862. The Confederacy’s ballooning efforts—one by a novice and two using envelopes made from bolts of patterned dress silks—were stymied due to lack of resources. The donation was accompanied by a letter from the Isaac F. Wood: #177 Second Avenue N.Y. January 25th 1881 Jacob F. Moore, Esq. Librarian N.Y. Historical Society Dear Sir, The accompanying pieces of silk professing to be from the earliest balloon [service?] material of the U.S. Government during the Civil War, are, if authentic, of perhaps sufficient reliquary interest to be added to the Historical Society collection. I have no reason to doubt their authenticity, but cannot verify it further than to state that I purchased them along with a lot of other "curious" in #268 of Bangs & Co. N.Y. auction sale catalogued by W.E. Woodward of Boston of the cabinet Dr. T.S. Hitchcock of Omaha Nebraska - said sale taking place January 14th inst. Respectfully yours, Isaac F. Wood
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1862
eMuseum Object ID: 
29521
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bar of iron

Classification: 
Date: 
1771
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/4 x 29 1/2 x 5 in. ( 8.3 x 74.9 x 12.7 cm )
Description: 
Bar of iron with molded inscription "N York," an image of anchor, and "1771" along top; bottom of bar is flat but irregular, top and ends are rounded.
Object Number: 
Z.1433
Marks: 
molded: across top of bar: "N York"; image of anchor; "1771"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1771
eMuseum Object ID: 
29494
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Section of wooden water pipe used in New York City

Classification: 
Date: 
1799-1850
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 31 x 13 in. ( 78.7 x 33 cm )
Description: 
Section of wooden water pipe from Broad and Pearl Streets in New York City; cylindrical pipe with hole bored through center; one end (spigot end) tapers to smaller opening.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Abram S. Post
Object Number: 
1917.5
Gallery Label: 
This section of water pipe was dug up in the summer of 1916 from the street in front of Fraunces Tavern, at the corner of Broad and Pearl Streets. The pipe may date to ca. 1799, when the Manhattan Company was incorporated to supply New York City with pure water.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
29491
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Section of wooden water pipe used in New York City

Classification: 
Date: 
1799-1850
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 x 10 in. ( 88.9 x 25.4 cm )
Description: 
Section of wooden water pipe from Washington Street; cylindrical pipe with hole bored through center.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. David L. Osborn
Object Number: 
1930.22
Gallery Label: 
This pipe was dug ca. 1895 by workmen excavating in the vicinity of Washington Street, near Rector Street. A truckman, Thomas E. Haring, took it to his farm at Westwood, New Jersey. The donor received the pipe from his son, Charles E. Haring.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
29490
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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