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Trowel

Trowel
Title
Trowel
Date 
1903
Medium 
Silver, wood
Dimensions 
Overall: 12 1/8 x 4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 30.8 x 10.2 x 5.7 cm )
Description 
Cast silver and wooden presentation trowel with a tapered, cylindrical handle with a silver tip, a tapered cylindrical handle socket and a curved stem with a triangular joint; triangular blade engraved, "With this trowel/ The Hon. Seth Low/ Mayor of the City of New York/ laid the corner stone/ of the/ new building of the/ New York Historical Society/ Central Park West/ 76th & 77th Street/ on/ November Seventeenth/ MCMIII" in script and gothic script; engraved on the underside of the blade, "Building Comittee/ Samuel Verplanck Hoffman/ President/ Sydney H. Carney Jr./ Recording Secretary/ Frank Tifford/ James William Beekman/ Clarence Storm/ York & Sawyer/ Architects/ MCMIII" in script; maker's marks stamped on the underside of the blade.
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
1903.16
Marks 
engraved: on the blade: "With this trowel/ The Hon. Seth Low/ Mayor of the City of New York/ laid the corner stone/ of the/ new building of the/ New York Historical Society/ Central Park West/ 76th & 77th Street/ on/ November Seventeenth/ MCMIII" in script and gothic script stamped: on the underside of the blade: lion passant in a chafered rectangle, anchor in a shield, gothic "G" in a chamfered rectangle over "STERLING/ 2086" engraved: on the underside of the blade: "Building Comittee/ Samuel Verplanck Hoffman/ President/ Sydney H. Carney Jr./ Recording Secretary/ Frank Tifford/ James William Beekman/ Clarence Storm/ York & Sawyer/ Architects/ MCMIII"
Gallery Label 
This presentation trowel was used by Seth Low, the mayor of New York City, to lay the corner stone of the present New-York Historical Society, November 17, 1903.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group