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    MAGNIFICENT CIVIL WAR- PERIOD INLAID WOOD IMAGE OF THE FAMED CONFEDERATE RAIDER, THE ALABAMA. Wonderful detail and quality on this marquetry (inlaid wood) scene, which would be a great piece of folk art even without its historic subject matter. Measuring 41 ½ by 31 ½ inches, it’s original Birdseye maple frame in beautiful condition gives this piece tremendous display appeal. The Alabama was among the most famous vessels of the Civil War. It was built specifically as a ship of war in Liverpool, England, for the Confederate Navy. After leaving England in the guise of a merchant ship, she rendezvoued with supply vessels, was outfitted as a combatant, and commissioned into service on August 24, 1862. Over the next two years the Alabama destroyed some sixty U.S. merchant vessels, inflicting heavy damage to American foreign commerce. In June of 1864, she finally met her end when the Union steamer sloop Kearsage trapped her after the ship had put in at Cherboung, France for repairs. Although the Alabama bravely steamed out to do battle in the open sea she was no match for the Kearsages heavy guns and was sunk after several hours of intense combat The Alabama’s long string of successes against Union shipping was a widely-hearled source of pride for the Confederacy while it lasted. The legend below the picture of the ship reads, "The Alabama and 290 ( the ships military designation in the Confederate Navy) Lying to Board the American Ship Lydia from Calcutta Bound to Havannah." This exact wording is significant in that it almost certainly identifies the item as having been made in the confederacy during the Civil War. The designation of the target vessel as being "the American ship" clearly implies that the artist was working from a non-American perspective, i.e., the break-away Confederate Republic. As a period piece of Civil War folk art, this would be a highly desirable piece in any case. But, as a Confederate artifact, it assumes a much greater level of importance. In virtually any category (except paper money) far fewer items have survived from the Confederacy than from the Union. Presumably less was manufactured or crafted to begin with and precious litte of what was made survived the ravages of war and reconstruction. A true museum piece. (# This item may require additional shipping charges).

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    December, 2003
    9th Tuesday
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