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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.
wood (plant material)
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.
Gilman Garrison House (Exeter, N.H.),
20 1/2 x 35 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Bequest of William Perry Dudley
New Hampshire (United States)