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    Wonderfully Detailed Model Wooden Cannon Memorial to the Loss of the USS Cumberland Sunk March 8, 1862 by the Confederate Ironclad CSS Virginia. The stained wood base measures 14 ¼ x 7-inches; the plinth upon which the cannon is mounted measures 11 x 6-inches, the entire model measuring nearly 8 ½-inches tall. The base is carved to resemble decking and is additionally accented with geometric trim. The front edge of the base has the inscription "Made on board the U.S.S. Cimarron" executed in very small round-head brass tacks. The wooden plinth is ornately carved with flags and shields on each end. The front of the plinth is carved with a spread-wing eagle atop a serpent and "CUMBERLAND". The top edge is decorated with geometric designs and bears the year "1862". The cannon itself measures 9 ½-inches from muzzle to cascabel and is mounted on the typical wooden naval carriage. The cannon and carriage are painted black; the carriage trimmed in gold paint. The cannon, a model of the large breech reinforced Parrott, is executed in beautiful detail with numerous lines, pulleys, winches, ropes, tools and movable platform with wheels. Small iron "cannon balls" are mounted at each corner. An extraordinary contemporary memorial to the Cumberland and particularly handsome decorative addition to any serious Civil War collector's "war room".

    The USS Cumberland was the first ship engaged by the Virginia (aka Merrimac, Merrimack) at the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 8, 1862. The Cumberland was heavily damaged by the ironclad's cannon and later rammed below the waterline with the Virginia's iron ram. As the stricken ship began to sink her gun crews kept up a steady fire. In the words of one of Cumberland's enemies, "No ship was ever fought more gallantly."

    Condition: Very good. The eagle's head on the front of the plinth is lacking; and a few trivial repairs could be made to the trim.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2017
    10th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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