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Swan floater

Description

Hand carved swan figure. Painted white body with pieced grey tail/rudder. Used as "floater" or buoy marker to hold diver's air line in Ebenezer Clifford's diving bell experiments.

Details

Label
This swan floater was used as a diving bell by Ebenezer Clifford, who lived in the Gilman Garrison in Exeter, New Hampshire from 1793 to his death. Clifford was a talented carver, maser joiner, and, this buoy indicates, inventor. Diving bells are used to allow divers access to air as they make their way under water. The float, a swan in this case, rises to the water's surface as the bell sinks.
Maker
unknown
Date
1785-1830
Associated Building
Gilman Garrison House (Exeter, N.H.).
Material
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Fishing & Trapping T&E; Fishing Equipment
Places
New Hampshire (United States)
Descriptive terms
Buoy, Fishing
buoys
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
20 1/2 x 35 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1966.1348
Credit Line
Bequest of William Perry Dudley
GUSN
26163

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