Mounted shell section

Object Number: 
INV.14127
Date: 
ca. 1909
Medium: 
Silver plate, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. ( 17.1 x 19 x 11.1 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the front center: "Dec. 16, 1908/ PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT/ led 16 Battle Ships out of/ Hampton Roads for a cruise/ around the world. After sailing/ over 42000 miles they were/ recieved back to Hampton roads/ by the President/ and thousands of pe
Description: 
Metal artillery shell mounted on a circular silver plate base with two foliate silver plate bands applied around the top and bottom and two applied scroll handles at each side; shell engraved, "Dec. 16, 1908/ PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT/ led 16 Battle Ships out of/ Hampton Roads for a cruise/ around the world. After sailing/ over 42000 miles they were/ recieved back to Hampton roads/ by the President/ and thousands of people/ Feb. 22, 1909/ THYI SHELL/ was one used in saluting President/ Roosevelt after he had reviewed/ and inspected the ships as he/ left for Washington" in block letters; maker's marks stamped on the base; engraving on base scratched off.
Gallery Label: 
This mounted shell section was fired February 22, 1909, in salute to President Theodre Roosevelt as he welcomed the U.S. Fleet back to Hampton Roads, VA, after its cruise around the world, 1908-1909.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group