Overall: 8 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 5/8 in. ( 21.6 x 9.5 x 1.6 cm ) Silver Weight: 8 oz (troy) 5 dwt (257 g)
Silver skeleton key decorated with acanthus leaves at the center and base of the handle, and at the bottom end by the bit.
Gift of Mrs. Stephen Weart Giles, in the name of Stephen Weart Giles
engraved: along shaft above bit: "To John S. Giles, Esq., Treasurer / from the WIDOWS of the NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT / 1863" engraved: on front of bit: "Presented / April 15th 1863" stamped: along side of bit: "WM GALE & SON / 925 STERLING"
This key was presented to John Spencer Giles (1799-1880) by the widows of the New York Fire Department in 1863. Giles was one of the organizers of the Atlantic Hose Company No. 14 of the New York Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as treasurer of the Exempt Firemen's Association and the Widows and Orphans Fund.
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