Swan floater

Collection Type

  • Transportation

Date

1785-1830

GUSN

GUSN-26163

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

Descriptive Terms

buoys
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Buoy, Fishing
Buoy, Fishing

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.

Associated Building

Gilman Garrison House (Exeter, N.H.),

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Fishing & Trapping T&E; Fishing Equipment

Dimensions

20 1/2 x 35 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perry Dudley

Accession Number

1966.1348

Places

New Hampshire (United States)