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Object Name: Keg from the Erie Canal celebration
Date: ca. 1825
Medium: Oak, metal, paint
Dimensions: Overall: 16 x 12 in. ( 40.6 x 30.5 cm )
Place made: North America, U.S.A.
Description: Small wooden barrel with an eagle and the words "WATER" and "Lake Erie" painted on front; brass plaque with inscription attached below rim.
Object Number: X.48
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Marks: Label: brass plaque inscribed "KEG / FROM WHICH GOVERNOR CLINTON / POURED THE WATER OF LAKE ERIE INTO THE ATLANTIC / OCTOBER 26, 1825 / ON THE COMPLETION OF THE ERIE CANAL" Inscription: painted on front of barrel "WATER / Lake Erie"

Gallery Label:

Keg used by Governor DeWitt Clinton in pouring the water of Lake Erie into the Atlantic Ocean at Sandy Hook on November 4, 1825 as part of the ceremonies attending the completion of the Erie Canal on October 26, 1825.

Bibliography:

Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.