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    American Folk Art Marquetry Panel of C.S.S. Alabama. This magnificent 19th Century marquetry panel shows the Confederate raider Alabama overtaking the Union merchant vessel Lydia. The inlaid picture depicts the two ships and is inscribed "THE ALABAMA OR 290 LYING TOO TO BOARD THE AMERICAN SHIP LYDIA FROM CALCUTTA BOUND TO HAVANA". The panel, previously sold at Christie's June 22, 1993 American Furniture Sale, measures 37" x 27". It is attractively framed in bird's eye maple.

    The most successful and feared Confederate commerce raider, CSS Alabama was built in Great Britain as a civilian ship and initially known as simply "290". Completed on August 1862, 290, manned by a civilian British crew, was sailed to a location off Terceira Island in international waters on a shakedown cruise. Confederate Captain Raphael Semmes and a specially selected crew boarded the ship and installed armaments that converted 290 into a man-of-war. During her two-year career as a commerce raider, Alabama stalked Union merchant shipping across the globe in seven expeditionary raids. She boarded nearly 450 vessels, captured or burned 65 Union merchant ships valued at nearly $6,000,000, and took more than 2,000 prisoners without a single loss of life. Luck ran out for CSS Alabama on June 1864 when the heavily armed USS Kearsarge engaged the Confederate ship in the English Channel off Cherbourg, France. In a pitched, one hour battle, Alabama was left shattered and sinking. Captain Semmes and 41 officers and crew were picked up by a private yacht and spirited off to England to the dismay of the captain of the Kearsarge.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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