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Bell from the "Clermont"

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Title:
Bell from the "Clermont"
Date: 
1800-1807
Medium: 
Iron, wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 20 x 24 x 16 in. ( 50.8 x 61 x 40.6 cm )
Date End: 
1 807
Description: 
Cast iron bell with painted inscription; supported from above and on either side by iron mounts bolted to rectangular wooden base.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Alfred Van Santvoord Olcott
Object Number: 
1949.177
Gallery Label: 
This bell is said to come from Robert Fulton's steamboat, the "Clermont," which began operating between New York City and Albany, New York, in 1807. According to Eben E. Olcott, father of the donor and Chairman of the Clermont Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Exhibition of 1909, this bell was used on the "Clermont" in the first year of its operation.
Date Begin: 
1800
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group