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Bench and forms used to weave eel traps

Object Number: 
1944.355a-h
Date: 
1825-1900
Medium: 
Wood
Description: 
Equipment for making eel traps, including bench and molds for weaving components and bench for slicing wicker.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Professor Gustave Noback
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group