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Lock of hair in paper

Classification: 
Date: 
1870-1900
Medium: 
Hair, paper
Dimensions: 
overall (wrapped): 5/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. ( 1.6 x 3.2 x 4.8 cm )
Description: 
Lock of brown hair wrapped in paper.
Object Number: 
Z.2301
Marks: 
handwritten: on paper: "C R Francis"
Gallery Label: 
This paper contains a lock of Mrs. C. R. Francis's hair.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
35440
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Gavel made from tree planted by Alexander Hamilton

Classification: 
Date: 
1908
Medium: 
Gumwood, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 30.5 x 11.1 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Wooden gavel with oval silver commemorative label on top of the head; the head has two narrow bands of ribbing, the bottom half of the handle is ribbed down to the circular end.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Hon. George B. McClellan
Object Number: 
1922.108
Marks: 
engraved: on top of head: "This gavel / is made from / one of the thirteen / trees planted by / Alexander Hamilton / at Hamiltons Grange / Commemorating / the thirteen / states of the / Union"
Gallery Label: 
This gavel was made from the wood of one of the thirteen sweet gum trees planted around 1802 by Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), near the front entrance of his country home, the Grange, built in 1801-1802 at what is now 143rd Street, New York City. The thirteen trees were emblematic of the original states of the Union. The trees were cut down in December, 1908.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1908
eMuseum Object ID: 
34769
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bible carved from wood from the Dutch Reformed Church

Classification: 
Date: 
1650-1750
Medium: 
Oak
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 4.4 x 3.2 x 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Small carved wooden Bible inscribed with initials "DJB" w/document
Object Number: 
INV.837
Gallery Label: 
According to a previous entry, this object was accompanied by a document that explained that it was carved from wood from the Dutch Reform Church.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1750
eMuseum Object ID: 
34614
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Gavel made from deck of the U.S.S. Niagara

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1813
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 11.7 x 5.4 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Wooden gavel with plain head and handle made from the deck of the U.S.S. Niagara.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Army and Navy Club
Object Number: 
1973.42
Gallery Label: 
This gavel was made from wood taken from the quarter deck of the War of 1812 battleship U.S.S. Niagara. The Niagara was launched in 1813 and served as Commodore Perry's relief flagship during the Battle of Lake Erie. The gavel was given to the Society by the Army and Navy Club, presented by Colonel Eugene Prince.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1813
eMuseum Object ID: 
34460
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Lock of Laura Rogers' hair wrapped in paper

Classification: 
Date: 
1897
Medium: 
Hair
Dimensions: 
overall (in paper): 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1 3/4 in. ( 0.6 x 6.7 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Lock of straight, light brown hair wrapped in paper with "Laura's hair" written in pencil on one side.
Object Number: 
INV.986
Marks: 
handwritten: one side of paper, in pencil: "Laura's hair"
Gallery Label: 
This locket of hair is from Laura Derby Rogers (1879-1897), daughter of sculptor John Rogers. She was named for her father's sister.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1897
eMuseum Object ID: 
34401
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nightstick

Classification: 
Date: 
1860-1913
Medium: 
Wood, metal, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. ( 41.6 x 8.6 x 5.7 cm )
Description: 
Wooden commemorative nightstick with ribbed handle; metal inscribed label below ribbing on handle; dark blue silk cording is braided and tied at both ends of the handle, with tassels at the end of each cord.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Thomas Hunter Association
Object Number: 
1936.624
Marks: 
engraved: on metal label at the handle: "RELIC FROM OLD 'No. 35.' / THE THOMAS HUNTER ASSN. / 1850 - 1913"
Gallery Label: 
This nightstick is a relic from New York City's Grammar School No. 35. It was a souvenir of the Thomas Hunter Society, organized in 1897 and composed of graduates of Grammar School No. 35. Thomas Hunter (1831-1915), the Society's namesake, came to New York in 1850 and obtained a position as teacher at that school. He became its principal in 1857. He later organized the Normal College in 1870, which later became Hunter College in 1914.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1913
eMuseum Object ID: 
34232
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Gavel made from wood from the Battleship New York

Classification: 
Date: 
1865-1880
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 26.7 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
Wooden gavel with metal commemorative label; designed to stand vertically on its bell shaped head with the handle upright; the finial end of the handle unscrews and there is a hollow compartment inside the handle.
Object Number: 
INV.7608ab
Marks: 
engraved: across metal label: "PRESENTED TO / SERG'T HAMILTON FISH CAMP 46 N.Y. / BY COMRADE RICHARD R. VINCENT / MADE FROM WOOD TAKEN FROM THE / U.S. BATTLESHIP NEW YORK"
Gallery Label: 
This commemorative gavel was presented to Hamilton Fish (1808-1893), by Richard R. Vincent who served with Fish in the Civil War. It was made from the wood of the U.S. Battleship New York. Fish became a lawyer in 1830, was a Whig Congressman from New York 1843-1845, and served as governor of New York 1849-1851. He was later appointed as U.S. Secretary of the State and served in that capacity from 1869-1877.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1880
eMuseum Object ID: 
34229
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Draft card

Classification: 
Date: 
1863-1865
Medium: 
Paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. ( 4.4 x 7.3 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular paper card with name, address, and occupation of draft lottery participant Mike Johnson handwritten in ink.
Object Number: 
INV.7869d
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on obverse: "347 X 6 / Johnson Mike / 256. 12th St / Carpenter"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1865
eMuseum Object ID: 
33577
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Slave shackles

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Highlight: 
Display this item in the highlights
Date: 
ca. 1866
Medium: 
Steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/4 x 23 x 1/4 in. ( 10.8 x 58.4 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Pair of steel ankle shackles; round cuffs with a soldered peg closure; four oval chain links attach the two cuffs.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Carroll Beckwith
Object Number: 
1921.20
Gallery Label: 
According to a letter that accompanied these shackles upon their donation to the Historical Society in 1921, they were cut off teenage slave Mary Horn of Americus, Georgia, by Colonel William W. Badger of the 176th Regiment New York Volunteers, more than a year after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Mary is said to have belonged to a Judge Horn, who riveted the irons to her legs with his own hands to prevent her from walking to the next plantation to see her beloved, George. George begged Colonel Badger to free Mary from her shackles and supposedly held her over an anvil while Badger cut them off.
Bibliography: 
Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1866
eMuseum Object ID: 
33369
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Draft card

Classification: 
Date: 
1863-1865
Medium: 
Paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. ( 4.4 x 7.3 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular paper card with name, address, and occupation of draft lottery participant A. Jare handwritten in ink.
Object Number: 
INV.7869c
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on obverse: "341 X 17 / Jare A / 108. E. 14th St. / Officer"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1865
eMuseum Object ID: 
33359
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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