Block from Seaman's Retreat
Overall: 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 8.9 x 3.8 cm )
Rectangular carved and painted block of wood, probably a piece of relic wood, possibly from the Seaman's Retreat, Staten Island; six sides decorated with; hourglass; a spyglass, a compass with a paper face, and a sextant; two anchors with intertwined rope; a three-masted sailing ship with two crossed American flags with a star; a star on each end.
This block is associated with a block of relic wood (1952.292a) from the Seaman's Retreat, suggesting that it may be from the same structure. The Seaman's Retreat was built in Clifton, SI in 1834-37.
Gift of Robert Brooks
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.