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    Gold Plated Great Seal of the Confederate States of America Personally Owned by Otho Robards Singleton, Mississippi Delegate to the First Confederate Congress.
    Otho Robards Singleton (1814-1889) was a distinguished Mississippi lawyer and politician. He served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1853 to 1887. As the war clouds gathered he withdrew from Congress and served as Mississippi's representative to the First and Second Confederate congresses (1861-1865). In the post-war years he resumed his political career serving Mississippi once again in the U.S. Congress. In 1878 he was contacted by Jefferson Davis to help advocate Congress on the topic of pension benefits for Confederate veterans. A copy of Jefferson's letter is included with the seal. This seal measures approximately 3½" in diameter and is in excellent condition. Enclosed in its brown leather case with olive green velvet lining, the seal is covered by a circular disk of glass surrounded by a metal ring that has protected this piece allowing it to stay in fine condition. The Great Seal of the Confederate States of America was originally engraved by Joseph F. Wydon of London, England with the seal reaching the Confederacy in 1864. The original die is still in the Confederate Blockade runner port of Hamilton, Bermuda. This is a post-Civil War stamping of the Great Seal done as a memento of the Confederacy. With the words "The Confederate States of America : 22 February 1862" (a commemoration of the inauguration of President Jefferson Davis) above the words "De Vindice", Latin for "God Will Vindicate", the mottos are separated by two stars at the five and seven o'clock positions of the disk. Centered in the seal is the figure of George Washington on horseback, enclosed by a wreath designed to symbolize the principal products of the Confederacy, including cotton. An excellent example with superb provenance, coming directly from Singleton's family.

    Condition: Excellent. The seal itself is without flaw; the case is worn, lacking the leather covering on the bottom and missing small sections on the lid and sides; the catch doesn't function properly.


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    June, 2019
    9th Sunday
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