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    Rare and Historic Commemorative Souvenir Box from The Naval Battle of Mobile Bay. The historic and unique commemorative Civil War era souvenir box. Hand-carved from a wooden splinter from a broken ship timber of the USS Hartford, damaged during the Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864. The lid bearing a bone oval escutcheon, scrimshawed with a pictorial naval scene, depicting the famous engagement between the federal flagship, sloop USS Hartford and the Confederate ram, CSS Tennessee. Escutcheon held in place by six star-shaped steel pins. Hand-made tiny brass hinges. The inside lid with printed text on an octagonal paper label reading: From One of the/Timbers of the Hartford/a Splinter torn by 100pdr/shell-fired by "Tennessee"./August 5, 1864/Battle of Mobile Bay." Dimensions: 3 1/4-inches long X 1 3/4-inches high X 3/4-inch thick. According to consignor, this box originated from his ancestor Commander Louis Ashfield Kimberly, the executive officer of the USS Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay.
    Condition: Excellent with light age wear and patina.


    Condition Report*: Excellent with light age wear and patina.
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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    18th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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