Historical Plaque from the Schieren Building, Cliff and Ferry Streets, NYC
24 7/8 x 75 x 1 1/2 in. (63.2 x 190.5 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Incised in lower right corner: "THEODORE E ETAR[ ... ]"; remainder of mark worn away
Gift of New York City Department of Real Estate
Large rectangular plaque with commemorate legend, flanked by bas relief scenes of leather tanners at work: at left, bearded workman scraping hide with a knife, stands in front of window, accoutrements hanging on wall; at right, workman stirring hide in tanning vat with long pole, stands on plank placed over vat, basket on edge. Legend reads: 'THE / SCHIEREN BUILDING / ERECTED 1905 / THIS SITE, A PART OF THE HISTORIC / "OLD SWAMP" / FORMERLY THE NORTHERNMOST BOUNDARY OF THE CITY, / AND LARGELY DEVOTED TO TANNERIES, HAS BEEN OCCUPIED / FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY BY THE / HIDE AND LEATHER TRADES / IN EXCAVATING FOR THIS BUILDING OLD TAN VATS WERE FOUND IN A GOOD STATE / OF PRESERVATION, CONTAINING TAN BARK OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD.'
Condition: Fair; allover light green patina, many rust stains.
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Unknown. Historical Plaque from the Schieren Building, Cliff and Ferry Streets, NYC, 1905. Bronze, 24 7/8 x 75 x 1 1/2 in. (63.2 x 190.5 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of New York City Department of Real Estate, 67.274.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.67.274.2_detail.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/20/2006
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