Gavel made from tree planted by Alexander Hamilton

Object Number: 
1922.108
Date: 
1908
Medium: 
Gumwood, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 30.5 x 11.1 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on top of head: "This gavel / is made from / one of the thirteen / trees planted by / Alexander Hamilton / at Hamiltons Grange / Commemorating / the thirteen / states of the / Union"
Description: 
Wooden gavel with oval silver commemorative label on top of the head; the head has two narrow bands of ribbing, the bottom half of the handle is ribbed down to the circular end.
Gallery Label: 
This gavel was made from the wood of one of the thirteen sweet gum trees planted around 1802 by Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), near the front entrance of his country home, the Grange, built in 1801-1802 at what is now 143rd Street, New York City. The thirteen trees were emblematic of the original states of the Union. The trees were cut down in December, 1908.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Hon. George B. McClellan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group