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Mrs. Pierre Toussaint (ca. 1786-1851)
Watercolor on ivory
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Equipment for making eel traps, including bench and molds for weaving components and bench for slicing wicker.
This work bench and accompanying cone-shaped wooden forms were used to make eel traps. The tapered cylindrical baskets were constructed with funnel openings that allowed eels to be swept or to swim into the interior. Fresh, dried, and smoked eel were popular delicacies during the nineteenth-century. Long Island eel was a favorite, and it was sold at the Sunday morning Catherine Slip eel market.
Gift of Professor Gustave Noback
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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