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Umbrella: brown w/carved whale bone handle

Umbrella: brown w/carved whale bone handle
Title
Umbrella: brown w/carved whale bone handle
Date 
ca. 1850
Medium 
Textile, wood, whalebone, other bone, metal
Dimensions 
closed: 39 x 9 in. ( 99.1 x 22.9 cm )
Description 
Umbrella with metal ferrule, brown linen(?) shade with whalebone ribs, wooden shaft, and carved bone handle.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore L. Bailey, 1958
Object Number 
INV.8413
Marks 
typewritten: on paper tag: "UMBRELLA, 1853 / Owned by Gordon Lester / Ford (1823-1891), noted / collector of Americana, / whose colln was given to / the NYPL in 1899 by his / sons. This umbrella was / known as the "courting / umbrella" in the family, / due to the fact that when / Gordon was courting his / wife, Emily Ellsworth / (Fowler) Ford, a grand- / daughter of Noah Webster, / whom he married in 1853, / he would call on her and / leave the umbrella at / her house when he left, / in order to have an excuse / to call again, ostensibly / to recover the umbrella. / Gift of Mr. and Mrs. / Theodore L. Bailey, / Harriman, Orange Co, NY, / November 18, 1958 / Mrs. Bailey is a / granddaughter of Gordon / L. Ford." handwritten in ink: on paper tag: "1855 / Umbrella with whale bone / sticks carried by / Gordon Leicester Ford / when courting Emily Fowler / granddaughter of Noah Webster"
Gallery Label 
This umbrella, originally owned by Gordon L. Ford (1823-1891), grandfather of Mrs. Theodore L. Bailey, was known as the "courting umbrella" in Mr. Ford's family. When he was courting his wife, Emily Ellsworth (Fowler) Ford, he would leave the umbrella at her house when he called on her, as an excuse to call again. The two were married in 1853.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group