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Overall: 8 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 2 7/8 in. ( 21 x 23.2 x 7.3 cm )
Cast silver and steel presentation train controller handle with a molded circular pivot at on end and a molded ebony grip with plunger attached to the top of the opposite end; embossed across the top of the handle, "CONTROLLER HANDLE/ USED BY/ THE HON. GEORGE B. McCLELLAN, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK/ IN STARTING THE FIRST TRAIN ON THE/ RAPID TRANSIT RAILROAD FROM CITY HALL STATION/ NEW YORK, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 1904." in roman letters; embossed on the side of the handle, "PRESENTED TO THE HON. GEORGE B. McCLLAN/ BY AUGUST BELMONT,/ PRESIDENT. INTERBOROUGH RAPID TRANSIT COMPANY." in roman letters; makers' marks stamped on the side.
Gift of George B. McClellan
Presented by August Belmont (1816-1890); to George B. McClellan, Jr. (1865-1940), the donor.
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