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George Washington commemorative coat button

Classification: 
Date: 
1811-32
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/8 in. ( 3.5 cm )
Description: 
Circular copper coat button stamped around edge: "MARCH THE FOURTH 1789 . MEMORABLE" and "FRA" with engraved eagle with shield at center; loop shank at center of reverse.
Credit Line: 
Gift of William L. Calver
Object Number: 
1925.168b
Marks: 
stamped: on obverse: "MARCH THE FOURTH 1789 . MEMORABLE" and "FRA"
Gallery Label: 
This button and related example 1925.168a are among a group traditionally believed to have been made for George Washington's first and second inaugurations. However, they were probably worn on the uniforms of one of several Philadelphia organizations that sought to honor and preserve Washington's legacy in the early decades of the nineteenth century. These two buttons represent two of the twenty-three patterns for such buttons recorded as of 1996. See Donald L. Fennimore, "Metalwork in Early America" (Winterthur, 1996), p. 353.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1811
eMuseum Object ID: 
21487
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Tobacco pipe

Classification: 
Date: 
1861-1862
Medium: 
Clay
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 7.6 x 5.7 x 9.5 cm )
Description: 
Black clay pipe with short, bulbous stem and bowl in the form of a man's face, and lip in the form of a Zouave soldier's fez cap.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mary M. Bradley
Object Number: 
1940.937
Gallery Label: 
This pipe was made by Private Edward Hoffman of the 5th NY Infantry (Duryee's Zouaves) during the winter of 1861-1862, when the regiment was stationed at Fort Federal Hill in Baltimore, Maryland.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1862
eMuseum Object ID: 
21486
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Lock of hair of Tadeusz Kosciuszko

Classification: 
Date: 
1861
Medium: 
Hair, paper, wax, cardboard, wood, glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 14 5/8 x 12 5/8 x 1/2 in. ( 37.1 x 32.1 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Lock of hair of Tadeusz Kosciuszko mounted above oval red wax seal on paper with handwritten inscription; matted and framed.
Object Number: 
INV.53
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on paper to which relic is affixed: "Lock of hair of / Kosciuszko / presented to the / Historical Society of New-York / by the friend and admirer of the illustrious deceased, / Xavier Zeltner, / formerly Colonel of Cavalry &[?] / Aid-
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1861
eMuseum Object ID: 
20481
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Flower from Henry Clay's coffin

Classification: 
Date: 
1852
Medium: 
Plant material
Dimensions: 
largest: 2 x 1/4 in. ( 5.1 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Dried flower taken from Henry Clay's coffin, July 4, 1852 (in approximately 6 fragments in envelope)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell, 1925
Object Number: 
237
Marks: 
handwritten: on note accompanying flowers: "Reception of the Body/of H. Clay July 3/52"
Gallery Label: 
These flowers were taken from Henry Clay's coffin on July 4, 1852.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1852
eMuseum Object ID: 
20161
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Coffin plate

Classification: 
Date: 
1825
Medium: 
Metal (probably nickel silver)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/8 x 5 3/8 x 4 in. ( 0.3 x 13.7 x 10.2 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular convex metal (probably nickel silver) coffin plate with rounded corners, with engraved inscription reading "Samuel Etherington Died 1st May 1825 in his 74 Year"; four holes punched at each side of plate to fasten plate to surface.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Hopper Striker Mott, June 10, 1931
Object Number: 
INV.6562.3
Marks: 
engraved: on coffin plate: "Samuel Etherington/Died 1st May 1825/in his 74 Year"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1825
eMuseum Object ID: 
20157
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Coffin plate

Classification: 
Date: 
1852
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 in. ( 0.3 x 9.5 x 13.3 cm )
Description: 
Metal coffin plate with four sides, each curved in serpentine shape to point, with chased border of dots, with engraved inscription reading "Mrs. Martha Smith Died August 13 1852 Aged 71 Yrs 8 Months"; four holes punched at each side of plate to fasten plate to surface.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Thomas O. Mabbott
Object Number: 
1939.392
Marks: 
engraved: on coffin plate: "Mrs Martha Smith/Died August 13"1852/Aged 71 Yrs 8 Months"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1852
eMuseum Object ID: 
20156
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fragment of deck of U.S.S. Missouri

Classification: 
Date: 
1935-1950
Medium: 
Teakwood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 x 12 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 5.1 x 32.4 x 9.5 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular block of teakwood.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Edward M.Walsh
Object Number: 
1972.3a
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this block of wood came from the part of the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri on which the Japanese officially surrendered after World War II. The donor served on the ship during the war.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1950
eMuseum Object ID: 
20124
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cross made from old flagstaff of the Confederate Congress

Classification: 
Date: 
1940-1960
Medium: 
Wood, paper, cardboard
Dimensions: 
Box: 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 in. ( 0.6 x 5.4 x 5.4 cm ) Overall (cross): 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1/8 in. (3.8 x 3.8 x 0.3 cm)
Description: 
Square wood (possibly pine) block carved on top surface with a formée cross with the letter "B" carved in the center; with accompanying printed document (two copies): "Made from Old Flag/Staff of Confederate Con-/gress, Richmond, Va."; cardboard box, bottom only.
Object Number: 
INV.3628a-d
Marks: 
printed: on document: "Made from Old Flag/Staff of Confederate Con-/gress, Richmond, Va."
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1960
eMuseum Object ID: 
20084
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Wood fragment from steamer "Osceola"

Classification: 
Date: 
1880-1900
Medium: 
Wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. ( 5.7 x 19 x 7 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular block of wood with traces of red paint on one side.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
1941.850
Provenance: 
The George W. Murdock Collection of Steamboat Artifacts
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
19846
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Piece of wood from steamship "W.C. Redfield"

Classification: 
Date: 
ca.1865
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1 in. ( 11.4 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Wood fragment with pencil inscription.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
1941.828
Marks: 
handwritten: "W.C. REDFIELD"
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this fragment was a piece of the lignum vitae from the stern bearing.
Provenance: 
The George W. Murdock Collection of Steamboat Artifacts
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1865
eMuseum Object ID: 
19844
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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