Croton Aqueduct Celebration Ribbon

Object Number: 
INV.4354
Date: 
1842
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 17.1 x 7.9 cm )
Marks: 
printed at base of fountain imag: "PUBLISHED BY C.P. HARRISON 407 Broom S."
Description: 
White silk ribbon copper engraved with "THE CROTON WORKS WERE COMMENCED JULY 5th 1835, COMPLETED OCT.R 1842. COST $13,000,000" in banner carried by eagle at top. Angel playing horn below holds laurel encircled shield inscribed "J.B. JARVIS/ CHIEF ENGIN.R/ HORA.O ALLEN/ PRIN ASSTENCE.P/ ST.N ALLEN. B.M. BROWN. W.M W. FOX. C.S DUSENBURY./ SAUL ALLEY. J.D. WARD/ BEN.N BIRDSALL./ S.LR. CHILDS./ S.L STEVENS/ S. RING./ COM.RS." Fountain and jet of water at bottom in front of landscape and image of Croton aqueduct surrounded by representations of American Flag, fire wagon and ladder, shields, triton and mill wheels. Base of fountain inscribed "CELEB'N BADGE IN HONOR OF THE GREAT CROTON WORKS NEW-YORK OCT. 14th 1842."
Gallery Label: 
This ribbon commemorates the 1842 completion of the Croton Aqueduct, which provided the first dependable water supply for New York City. The water conduit spanned a distance of forty-one miles, from the upstate New York Croton Dam to a reservoir in what is today Central Park. The execution of John B. Jervis's design for the aqueduct, as noted on the ribbon, cost upward of $13 million.
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Creative: Tronvig Group