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Bench and forms used to weave eel traps

Bench and forms used to weave eel traps
Title
Bench and forms used to weave eel traps
Date 
1825-1900
Medium 
Wood
Description 
Equipment for making eel traps, including bench and molds for weaving components and bench for slicing wicker.
Credit Line 
Gift of Professor Gustave Noback
Object Number 
1944.355a-h
Gallery Label 
This work bench and accompanying cone-shaped wooden forms were used to make eel traps. The tapered cylindrical baskets were constructed with funnel openings that allowed eels to be swept or to swim into the interior. Fresh, dried, and smoked eel were popular delicacies during the nineteenth-century. Long Island eel was a favorite, and it was sold at the Sunday morning Catherine Slip eel market.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group