New York: Tiffany & Co., 1883. Engraved invitation, printed on heavy cardstock, measuring 6.5 x 9 inches. Illustrated with an image of the Brooklyn Bridge and the seals of the City of New York and the City of Brooklyn. Completed in manuscript with the name of recipient A.J. McCall. Faint tidemark to lower righthand corner. Housed in original envelope embossed with the seals of both cities, addressed to McCall. Envelope soiled, with loss to lower corner.
Original invitation to the May 1883 opening ceremonies of the “New York and Brooklyn Bridge,” issued by the Board of Trustees, the mayors of both cities, and chief engineer Washington Roebling. Under construction for over a dozen years, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, a marvel of modern steel-wire engineering, and it remains one of the iconic monuments of New York City. The opening ceremonies were attended by President Chester Arthur, and featured speeches, music, a gunfire salute by ships on the East River, and a fireworks display. Engraved by Tiffany, this invitation features a detailed view of the new bridge rising over the low-rise banks of Manhattan and Brooklyn. A near-fine artifact of New York history.