Framed steamboat trophies (49)

Object Number: 
1941.837a-ww
Date: 
1790-1914
Medium: 
Brass, composition, porcelain, wood, leather; wood, cardboard
Dimensions: 
frame: 19 1/2 x 31 x 2 in. ( 49.5 x 78.7 x 5.1 cm )
Marks: 
written: in ink in center of mat: "Steamboat Trophies/George W. Murdock/1914"
Description: 
Rectangular frame housing 49 different steamboat trophies, mostly from Hudson River Day Line steamboats of the late 19th century; includes 14 composition key tags, 1 brass key tag, 23 check tags, 4 porcelain stateroom number plates, 2 brass spikes, 1 composition check tag, and one brass stateroom number plate; also three pieces of relic wood, one from the original frigate Constitution (1797), one from the original steamboat Clermont (1807), and one from the original frigate Hartford (1858). Inscribed at center: "Steamboat Trophies/George W. Murdock/1914"
Gallery Label: 
These steamboat trophies are primarily from steamers plying the Hudson River from the 1860s to the 1920s.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, James B. Wilbur Fund
Provenance: 
The George W. Murdock Collection of Steamboat Artifacts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group