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Image of Amundsen's ship Gjoa framed in wood from ship's bookcase

Classification: 
Date: 
1907-1947
Medium: 
Wood, glass, paper, cardboard, metal
Dimensions: 
height and width: 107.8 x 114.2mm (4 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)
Description: 
Wooden frame formed of four separate pieces, bottom front carved "GJOA", surrounding image of sailing ship at sea within arched columns; legend: "NORTHWEST PASSAGE/ 1902-1906/ GJOA Capt. Roald Amundsen/ NILS HAGERUP, Artist". Paper matte on back inscribed in ink: "To:/ S. Van B. Nicol Esq./ Photograph of Capt. Amundsen's/ vessel GJOA, built 1872 at/ Norway. With this vessel/ the N.W. Passage was made/ in the expedition of 1903-1907/ This frame is from Amundsen's/ bookshelf on the Gjoa. I got it/ off the vessel myself. Picture is/ in Shipping Exchange, San Francisco/ G. Collinson." On wooden frame in pencil: "Oct 30 1947". Loop hanger inserted at top.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number: 
2008.42.396
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1947
eMuseum Object ID: 
63948
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Metal fragment from U.S.S. Monitor

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Metal, paper
Dimensions: 
0verall: 26.5 x 72.2 x 121.5mm (1 1/16 x 2 13/16 x 4 13/16 in.)
Description: 
Metal fragment; according to the paper label affixed to this piece, it is a plate from the turret of U.S.S. Monitor, discarded by Ericsson just after its victorious engagement with the Confederate vessel Merrimac in 1862.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number: 
2008.42.395
Gallery Label: 
According to documentation in the Naval History Society records, this piece and three others were donated in 1921 by Harry Lydenberg, New York Public Library.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1862
eMuseum Object ID: 
63932
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Metal fragment from U.S.S. Monitor

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Metal, paper
Dimensions: 
0verall: 52.2 x 130.4mm (2 1/16 x 5 1/8 in.)
Description: 
Two conjoined metal pieces; according to the label affixed to one, these are pieces of the ironclad vessel, U.S. S. Monitor, which defeated the Confederate vessel Merrimac in 1862.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number: 
2008.42.394
Marks: 
Paper tag: "PIECE OF THE/MONITOR."
Gallery Label: 
According to documentation in the Naval History Society records, this piece and three others were donated in 1921 by Harry Lydenberg, New York Public Library.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1862
eMuseum Object ID: 
63931
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Wood fragment from Merrimac

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Wood, paper
Dimensions: 
0verall: 41.9 x 61.3 x 72.9mm (1 5/8 x 2 7/16 x 2 7/8 in.)
Description: 
According to the label affixed to this piece, it is a fragment from the COnfederate vessel Merrimac, which was defeated by U.S.S. Monitor in 1862.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number: 
2008.42.393
Gallery Label: 
According to documentation in the Naval History Society records, this piece and three others were donated in 1921 by Harry Lydenberg, New York Public Library.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1862
eMuseum Object ID: 
63930
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Gun used on U.S.S. Congress

Classification: 
Date: 
1799-1834
Medium: 
Metal, paper
Dimensions: 
0verall: 92.7 x 312.3mm (3 5/8 x 12 5/16 in.)
Description: 
Metal gun (partial); according to the label affixed to the gun, it was used on the U.S.S. Congress.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number: 
2008.42.392
Gallery Label: 
According to documentation in the Naval History Society records, this piece and three others were donated in 1921 by Harry Lydenberg, New York Public Library.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1834
eMuseum Object ID: 
63929
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Wood fragments from U.S. Frigate Alliance

Classification: 
Date: 
1778
Medium: 
Wood, paper, string
Dimensions: 
Overall: 83.5 x 42.6mm (8.4 x 4.3 cm)
Description: 
Three wood fragments; according to their accompanying wrapping, these are from the U.S Frigate Allliance, commanded by Commodore John Barry, U.S.N., in 1778.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number: 
2008.42.391
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1778
eMuseum Object ID: 
63928
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Wood fragments from Confederate privateer Rattlesnake (ex-Nashville)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1863
Medium: 
Wood, paper, string
Dimensions: 
Overall: 100 x 52.5mm (3 15/16 x 2 1/16 in.)
Description: 
Three pieces of wood tied with string. According to the accompanying labels they are pieces of the Confederate privateer Rattlesnake (ex-Nashville) that was burned in the Ogeechee River, Georgia, by U.S. gunboats in February, 1863. It was presented to the Naval History Society on January 10, 1930, by Frank Sachs, 172 East 85th Street, New York.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number: 
2008.42.390
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1863
eMuseum Object ID: 
63927
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Doorknob from Fifth Avenue Building

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1909
Medium: 
Bronze, later filled with lead
Dimensions: 
1 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
Description: 
Bronze paperweight fitted out from an original doorknob from the Fifth Avenue Building; bronze filled with lead; with monogram FAB.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Malkin
Object Number: 
2005.10.1
Gallery Label: 
This paperweight was made from one of the original doorknobs from the Fifth Avenue Building, opened in 1909 on Fifth Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets. One of New York City's most prestigious office buildings, the Fifth Avenue Building housed many toy manufacturers after World War I, and by the 1960s was exclusively occupied by toy-related companies. As office suites were combined over time the original doorknobs, bearing the building's monogram "FAB," were saved and valued as collectors' items. This example was later filled with lead and fitted out as a paperweight. The Historical Society Library has extensive holdings related to the Fifth Avenue Building.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1909
eMuseum Object ID: 
59359
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pair of ear pendants

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1904
Medium: 
Metal, glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 x 1/4 x 1/4 in. ( 1.9 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Pair of floral form metal ear pendandts with turquoise glass centers and ball drops (one missing); hook back closures.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Adella "Tiby" Liebenow Wotherspoon
Object Number: 
2004.26.6
Gallery Label: 
These earrings were thought to have belonged to the nearly six year old Helen Liebenow, sister of the donor, Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon, who was the last survivor of the General Slocum steamer disaster. On June 15, 1904, fire broke out on the ship and 1,021 passengers perished within minutes. Helen's body was never recovered from the disaster, although her parents found these earrings among the victims' burned bodies and claimed them as their lost daughter's.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1904
eMuseum Object ID: 
58961
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Baby shoe

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1903
Medium: 
Leather, cotton, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 x 2 1/8 x 4 in. ( 5.1 x 5.4 x 10.2 cm )
Description: 
Single brown leather baby shoe with metal lacing holes and brown cotton lining; leather sole.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Adella "Tiby" Liebenow Wotherspoon
Object Number: 
2004.26.5
Gallery Label: 
This shoe belonged to Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon as a baby, who was the last survivor of the General Slocum steamer disaster, which occurred on June 15, 1904 when the ship suddenly caught fire on the East River. Adella pulled the cord to unveil the monument at the dedication ceremony on June 15, 1905, which honored the 1,021 passengers who had perished in the disaster, including Adella's sisters, Anna and Helen, whose body was never recovered.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1903
eMuseum Object ID: 
58960
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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