Block from Seaman's Retreat

Block from Seaman's Retreat
Title
Block from Seaman's Retreat
Date 
1858
Medium 
Wood, ivory, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 1 in. ( 4.4 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm )
Description 
Rectangular carved and painted block of relic wood from Seaman's Retreat, Staten Island; six sides decorated with; eagle with banner with inscription "E Pluribus Unum 1776;" a three-story building flanked by trees and berries; a snake with a bunch of berries; three crosses; a blue "x" over a white cross on a red ground (possibly the British flag); a white ivory or bone disk with inscription flanked by American flags and cornucopia.
Credit Line 
Gift of Robert Brooks
Object Number 
1952.292a
Marks 
inscribed: in script on ivory disc; "A part of the House/ that Jack built/ Clarkson Crolius/ Prest of Trustees/ of/ Sms Rt/ 1858"
Gallery Label 
Clarkson Crolius, Jr. (1806-1887) was the son of Clarkson Crolius Sr., a New York potter and politician. He was a trustee of the Seaman's Retreat in Staten Island and vice-president for its last twelve years, until it closed in 1882.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group