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Key ring with 6 keys

Object Number: 
2004.46a-f
Date: 
1869-1892
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/4 x 1 7/16 in. ( 8.3 x 3.7 cm )
Description: 
White metal flat circular key ring with 6 small metallic keys; ring inscribed on recto: "E.W. Close, M.D. Charity Hospital, Blackwell's Island, N.Y." , stamped on verso: "PAT AUG/10 69" Six keys of which one for watch, 2 identical stamped on ring "EAGLE LOCK CO.", 1 stamped "YALE & TOWNE STAMFORD CONN. U.S.A."
Gallery Label: 
The key ring belonging to Eldridge Close contains six keys for Charity Hospital on Blackwell's Island, where Close presumably worked sometime after 1865. Charity Hospital opened in 1858 at the southern end of Blackwell (now Roosevelt) Island. Most of its patients suffered from alcoholism, venereal diseases, or both. Medical care was provided by the Bellevue Medical Board until the hospital was reorganized in 1866. Around 1892 the institution was renamed City Hospital.
Credit Line: 
Gift of James M. Wells III
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group