Umbrella: brown w/carved whale bone handle
Textile, wood, whalebone, other bone, metal
closed: 39 x 9 in. ( 99.1 x 22.9 cm )
Umbrella with metal ferrule, brown linen(?) shade with whalebone ribs, wooden shaft, and carved bone handle.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore L. Bailey, 1958
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"
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