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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, United States
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: 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"
Inscribed: 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.

Exhibitions:

"Erie Canal: Locks, Stocks, and Barrels," Museum of American Financial History, January 3–May 31, 2000.

"Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion," New-York Historical Society, September 26, 2014–April 19, 2015.

"Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal," New York State Museum, Albany, NY, September 16, 2018–October 20, 2019.