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Metal spike mounted on wooden block w/ label and plaque

Object Number: 
INV.5774
Date: 
ca. 1819
Medium: 
Iron, wood, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 12 x 3 3/4 in. ( 7.6 x 30.5 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: in brass plaque: "U.S.S. GRANITE STATE" Typed: on paper label affixed to back of wood block: "U.S.S. GRANITE STATE/[Keel?] laid Portsmouth, N.H., Navy Yard 1819; known as the Alabama until 1863, when she was named the/ NEW HAMPSHIRE/ Launched
Description: 
Iron spike mounted on wooden block and labeled with brass plaque reading "GRANITE STATE".
Gallery Label: 
The wood block upon which the spike is mounted may be timber fron the battleship U.S.S. Granite State, built in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1819. The ship was renamed the U.S.S. New Hampshire in 1864 and served in the Civil War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Admiral W.B. Franklin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group