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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 19, October 3, 1860

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Identifier: DX01306733

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 19, October 3, 1860

Description: Mentions meeting Gladdy Gouverneur and hearing news of Rawson Gill.



“Gladdy Gouverneur.” A Procession.

[newspaper clipping continued]

resist even scalding water. Such cabinets have, we are informed, sold for sixty to eighty dollars each in Hong Kong, and Chinese seaports.

There are innumerable chow-chow boxes, containing full sets of trays, plates, etc., such as are used by Japanese princes and noblemen. Many are unusually elaborate and curious, being fashioned to resemble houses, junks, and the like. These, with the writing, smoking and cigar boxes, constitute a large proportion of the invoice.

The writing boxes contain the receipt from which the ink is manufactured. The smoking boxes are such as those commonly used in Japan, but of the richer description, most of the receptacles for fire being of solid silver. Such boxes passed round the table after dinner, with the accompaniment of cigars, are becoming familiar to our merchants in China. The drawers ordinarily contain different brands of cigars, a piece of charcoal supplying means of ignition. There are, too, many cigar cases of rattan work, of a very durable description. The sake bottles also invite attention. They commonly contain the spirit of the country, and will make pretty and unique parlor ornaments.

The handkerchief and glove boxes are of the richest old lacquer, very highly ornamented. This ware is most prized and sought after, next to the cabinet work.

The porcelain ware excels that of China, the inhabitants of that flowery country preferring it to their own manufacture. Nothing like it is known elsewhere for delicacy of material and beauty of construction. There are punch and salad bowls, melon dishes, dinner, dessert and cheese plates, and cups and saucers without number, all ornamental and of the finest porcelain. Add to the above jewelry and snuff boxes, caskets of all sorts and sizes, card trays, shawl cases, toys, pictures, puzzles, bird cages, tools, bows and arrows, chains, trinkets, imitation shells and fishes (all of the brightest colors), pictures with figures in relief, and Japanese knick-knacks of every conceivable and inconceivable description, and our readers may form some idea of the exhibition now on view at 594 and 596 Broadway.

[Gunn’s diary continued]

Then down-town with it. Met “Gladdy” Gill or Gouverneur, crossing the park, who told me he had head from Rawson [Gill]. He is at Greytown, Nicaragua, or rather up the country, searching after india-rubber trees, their valuable part to be consigned to the house in which his brother is clerk or apprentice. “Gladdy” boards in the city; his mother [Elizabeth Griffin] has returned to Niagara. Up-town by crowded 6th avenue car. Turned out after supper to see the “Wide Awake” procession, making my way through crowded Broadway to 745. The steps blockaded, the windows full, and a good many people throughout the house. In the store I found Mr. [George] and Mrs [Sarah] Edwards, Miss Anne [Edwards], and around, [Carl] Knudsen, Jack [Edwards], Mr. George Edwards, his wife [Harriet Edwards], Jessie [Edwards], Mort Brown

coverage:New York, New York, 745 Broadway
coverage:Greytown, Nicaragua
coverage:Niagara, New York

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-10-03

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Auctions


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