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Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York

Controller handle

Controller handle
Object name 
Controller handle
Date 
1904
Medium 
Silver, steel, ebony
Description 
Embodying the pride and exhilaration surrounding the completion of New York City’s first subway system, this controller handle was used by Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. (1865-1940) to operate the first subway train on its maiden voyage on October 27, 1904.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of George B. McClellan
Object Number 
1922.103
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group