Metal spike mounted on wooden block w/ label and plaque

Metal spike mounted on wooden block w/ label and plaque
Title
Metal spike mounted on wooden block w/ label and plaque
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 )
Description 
Iron spike mounted on wooden block and labeled with brass plaque reading "GRANITE STATE".
Credit Line 
Gift of Admiral W.B. Franklin
Object Number 
INV.5774
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 1864; served as a depo[---] ship during the Civil War. Places out of commission, 1892, and shortly after turned over to the N.Y. Naval Militia. In 1904, name changed to GRANITE STATE. Burned in 1921./ Gift of Admiral W.B. Franklin, 1931/ N.Y.N.M." impressed: in spike: "US"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group