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Splicing pin

Classification: 
Date: 
1829-1850
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 5/8 in. ( 20.3 x 1.6 cm )
Description: 
Cast bronze splicing pin with tapered shaft and faceted molded handle.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Alfred Van Santvoord Olcott
Object Number: 
1951.416
Marks: 
engraved: on handle: "A BOLT THAT WAS DRAWN FROM THE/ STEAM FRIGATE FULTON 1ST/ AFTER THE EXPLOSION OF JUNE 4TH/1829/ HENRY GUICARD/ WILLIAMSBURG/LONG ISLAND/ STATE OF NEW YORK"
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this is a blunt bolt from the 'Demologus' (Fulton the First), built by Robert Fulton in 1814. The Demologus was accidentally destroyed by the explosion of gunpowder at the Brooklyn Navy yard on June 4, 1828. It was the first warship in the world. The blunt bolt was used to splice rope.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
39605
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Gavel used by John Hancock at Independence Hall

Classification: 
Date: 
1770-1850
Medium: 
Wood, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/8 x 14 1/4 in. ( 3.5 x 36.2 cm )
Description: 
Wood gavel with silver mounts; cylindrical shaft with ball-shaped head; shaft has oval silver mount with engraved inscription; silver cap with engraved wreath at base.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. John V. Irwin
Object Number: 
1950.324a
Marks: 
engraved: on mount: "Hancock Gavel/M.S.F."
Gallery Label: 
This gavel was said to have been used by John Hancock at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was given to the donor by Major Edward Abbott from the collection of the Museum of the Military Institute at Governor's Island.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
37602
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Framed leaves from Abraham Lincoln's bier

Collections: 
Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Date: 
1865
Medium: 
Albumen photograph, plant material, ink, silk ribbon, wood gilding
Dimensions: 
Framed: 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 1 in. (22.2 x 18.4 x 2.5 cm)
Description: 
Spray of laurel taken from Abraham Lincoln's bier while he lay in state at City Hall; in gilded oval frame together with small cut-out albumen photograph of Lincoln and a black and white crossed ribbon. Inscription below.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Georgine Wood Charlton, 1947
Object Number: 
1947.47
Marks: 
inscribed: in ink below laurel: "[Th]is laurel lay on President Lincoln's heart/while lying in state for three days in/City Hall in New York April 25th/1865" inscribed: in pencil on reverse of frame: "Gift of Mrs. Georgine Wood Charlton/ 2/11/47 /Taken f
Gallery Label: 
This laurel was taken by Jeremiah Wood from Abraham Lincoln's bier while he lay in state in City Hall. After Lincoln's assassination, his funeral train arrived in New York City early on 24 April. The cortege followed a route from Desbrosses Street to City Hall Park, and Lincoln's body lay in state at City Hall from 1 p.m. until noon the next day, when the cortege traveled up Broadway to the depot of the Hudson River Railroad.
Bibliography: 
Holzer, Harold, ed. "Lincoln and New York." New York: The New-York Historical Society and London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 2009. Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1865
eMuseum Object ID: 
37565
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

George Washington commemorative coat button

Classification: 
Date: 
1811-32
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 3/8 in.
Description: 
Circular copper coat button stamped along upper edge "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT" and stamped "GW" within cross-hatched oval at center; loop shank at center of reverse.
Credit Line: 
Gift of William L. Calver
Object Number: 
1925.168a
Marks: 
stamped: on obverse: "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT" and "GW"
Gallery Label: 
This button and related example 1925.168b 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: 
37528
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Sections of the Atlantic telegraph cable (930) in original packing crates (8)

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1860
Medium: 
Steel, metal; wood
Dimensions: 
Part (cable sections): 1/2 x 3 7/8 in. (1.3 x 9.8 cm) Overall (Crates): 3 3/4 x 9 x 10 3/4 in. (9.5 x 22.9 x 27.3 cm)
Description: 
930 4-inch sections of the Atlantic telegraph cable; each section consisting of multiple bundles of steel wire with brass mounts at top and bottom and stamped Tiffany & Co. mount at center ("ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE/GUARANTEED BY/TIFFANY & CO./BROADWAY . NEW YORK . 1858". Housed in 8 original wooden packing crates, three with separate tops.
Object Number: 
INV.9070.1-.102
Marks: 
stamped: on metal band around center of cable section: "ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE/GUARANTEED BY/TIFFANY & CO./BROADWAY . NEW YORK . 1858"
Gallery Label: 
Cyrus Field (1819-1892), in association with Peter Cooper and others, formed a company around 1854 to build a telegraph cable between Newfoundland and Ireland. After many reverses and a partial success in 1858, a fully serviceable cable was in operation by 1866. These sections are from the defunct 1858 Atlantic cable, and were probably used as presentation pieces.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
37382
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Gavel and stand

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1758
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 10 1/8 x 3 1/4 in. ( 7.6 x 25.7 x 8.3 cm )
Description: 
Wooden gavel with turned handle and perpendicular turned head, mounted on wooden stand.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Howland Pell
Object Number: 
1935.111
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this gavel and stand were presented to Major Pell by Mr. Albert Almon and Mr. A.D. MacNeill of Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The gavel and the stand were made with wood from the 64 gun French warship "Le Celebere", which sunk in Louisburg harbor in the siege of 1758. It is not clear when the gavel and stand were constructed.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1758
eMuseum Object ID: 
36548
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Section of the Atlantic Cable

Classification: 
Date: 
1887
Medium: 
Metal, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 x 1 1/2 in. ( 12.7 x 3.8 cm )
Description: 
"J. Gould" section of the Atlantic Cable, laid in 1881 and recovered in 1887, made up of cylindrical section of wire bunches secured with engraved brass mounts on either end.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Finley Johnson Shepard, 1942
Object Number: 
INV.7913
Marks: 
engraved: on brass mount: "J. GOULD ATLANTIC CABLE/Laid 29th May 1881. Recovered 19th Aug 1887./Lat. 46 48N Long. 44 32. W./Depth 116 fathoms." engraved: on brass mount: "Cable No. 8302/Siemens Brothers & Co./London."
Gallery Label: 
This section of Atlantic Cable was laid May 29, 1881 and recovered August 19, 1887 at a depth of 116 fathoms. The engraved brass mounts were added to sections of cable (this one is numbered 8302) after its recovery and distributed by Siemens Brothers & Co. of London.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1887
eMuseum Object ID: 
36430
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Wooden box made from the bed of Robert Burns

Classification: 
Date: 
1800-1860
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 8.9 x 3.8 cm )
Description: 
Wooden (pine?) rectangular box with hinged lid and metal lining; top of box with black printed inscription: "Warranted/PART OF THE BED OF BURNS/on which he slept at/MOSGIEL"
Credit Line: 
Presented by Henry Owen
Object Number: 
INV.823
Marks: 
printed: on top: "Warranted/PART OF THE BED OF BURNS/on which he slept at/MOSGIEL" stamped: inside top on metal lining: "DAVIDSON/WILSON & AMPHLET/MAUCHLINE"
Gallery Label: 
This box was made out of wood from the bed of the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
36417
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Box made of wood from the Charter Oak

Classification: 
Date: 
1856-1870
Medium: 
Oak, mother of pearl
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 2 in. ( 3.8 x 7.3 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular oak box with removable lid; small rectangular mother of pearl plaque in center of top engraved "Charter Oak."
Object Number: 
INV.842ab
Gallery Label: 
The Charter Oak of Hartford, Connecticut, was the tree in which the colony's liberal charter is said to have been hidden when, in 1687, British officials sought to confiscate it. After the tree fell in 1856, many souvenirs were made out of the oak.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1870
eMuseum Object ID: 
36415
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Links (2) of the Fort Montgomery Chain in box

Classification: 
Date: 
1776-1777
Medium: 
Iron; walnut, brass
Dimensions: 
Largest (link): 3 x 29 x 7 1/2 in. (7.6 x 73.7 x 19.1 cm) Box (closed): 7 1/8 x 33 x 12 1/2 in. (18.1 x 83.8 x 31.8 cm)
Description: 
Two wrought iron oval chain links from the Fort Montgomery chain, housed in a rectangular walnut box with hinged lid and clasp lock; history of chain on manuscript glued to inside top of box.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Louis T. Hoyt, in memory of her husband, Richard Montgomery Pell
Object Number: 
1928.98ab
Marks: 
manuscript: glued to inside top of box: note written by Richard Montgomery Pell detailing history of chain
Gallery Label: 
These are two of fifteen links of the Fort Montgomery Chain drawn from the Hudson River opposite Anthony's Nose in the 19th century. The chain was laid across the Hudson River near West Point in 1776 to prevent ascent of the river by British ships during the American Revolution. It was destroyed and removed by the British in October 1777.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1777
eMuseum Object ID: 
36110
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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