Ashtray

Ashtray
Title
Ashtray
Date 
ca. 1910
Medium 
Bronze
Dimensions 
Overall: 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3/4 in. ( 10.8 x 12.1 x 1.9 cm )
Description 
Rounded cast triangular souvenir ashtray from the Hudson-Fulton Celebration; chased medallion portrait of Robert Fulton in the center with an image of his ship the "Clermont" above; two American bald eagles in the lower corners; raised edge inscribed, "FIRST * SUCCESSFUL*/ STEAMBOAT * MDCCCVII */ CENTENNIAL MCMIX;" signed by the artist along the bottom edge; manufacturer's stamp on the side.
Credit Line 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman, 1/17/10
Object Number 
INV.8608b
Marks 
cast: on lip: "FIRST * SUCCESSFUL*/ STEAMBOAT * MDCCCVII */ CENTENNIAL MCMIX" chased: around portrait: "ROBERT FULTON" chased: below portrait: "F. Ziegler" stamped: on side: "GORHAM CO/ G [image of a lion] C/ Q178"
Gallery Label 
Robert Fulton originally studied to be a painter in Philadelphia and then England. While in England, he developed an interest in the mechanics of ships and canals. He designed naval ships for the French and British before meeting Robert Livingston, American ambassador to France. Livingston contracted him to build a ship to steam between New York and Albany. In 1806, he built the Clermont. In 1807, it began service on the Hudson river as the first successful passenger steamboat in the world.
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Creative: Tronvig Group