Overall: 1 x 6 1/4 in. ( 2.5 x 15.9 cm )
Wrought and cast silver presentation salver; flat, circular dish with convex sides and an applied, cast beaded band around the rim; seated on three cast, scroll feet; engraved in the center, "The Stockholders/ of the (in script)/ UTICA SCHENECTADY RAILROAD (block letters)/ to/ ERASTUS CORNING (gothic script)/ as President./ For long and faithful services/ without compensation./ April, 1851" in script; makers' marks stamped on the base.
engraved: in the center: "The Stockholders/ of the (in script)/ UTICA SCHENECTADY RAILROAD (block letters)/ to/ ERASTU CORNING (gothic script)/ as President./ For long and faithful services/ without compensation./ April, 1851" in script stamped: on the base: "BALL, TOMKINS & BLACK" in roman letters in a banner above, "NEW-YORK" in a rectangle besides, "W.F" in a rectangle
This salver was presented to Erastus Corning (1794-1872) by the Utica and Schenectady Railroad in April, 1851. Corning, a prominent Albany businessman and politician, served as president of the Railroad from 1833-1853. He was a prominent figure in the consolidation of New York's rail lines and served as the first president of the New York Central Railroad. He was elected mayor of Albany, State Senator, Congressman, and regent and Vice Chancellor of the State University of New York.
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