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Civil War Relic Walking Stick Cane From The Cumberland,sunk By The Merrimac,1862 For Sale
An oak cane made from the wreckage of the sloop Cumberland. The marked sterling band is engraved "From the sloop Cumberland sunk by Merrimac March 8th 1862". Note the mis-spelling of screw frigate USS Merrimack had been burned to the waterline on April 20th, 1861 and towed from the Elizabeth River at Hampton Roads. It was rebuiltby the Confederacy as the ironclad CSS Virginia. It was launched February 3, 1862 and commissioned on February 17, 1862. On March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia (Merrimack) was an instrumental participant in the Battle of Hampton Roads, often referred to as either the Battle of the Monitorand Merrimack or the Battle of the Ironclads. This battlewas themost noted and possibly the most important naval battle of the Civil War.
The Cumberland was the first ship attacked by the CSS Virginia. She was rammed below the water line and sank rapidly. She took 121 seamen with her.
The sterling band with engraving is 1 1/8" wide. The wooden portion of the cane has a diameter of 5/8" and is NOW approximately 26 " long. It has a metal rod further projecting out from the very old repair approximately 2". The repair was made a long time ago with definiteage patina. The missing portion, approximately 9", has been lost for a long time.
A great relic/souvenir of the Civil War.
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On Mar-12-13 at 15:08:05 PDT, seller added the following information:
This walking stick descended in the family of General Samuel Breck. (1834-1918).
I bought it with a number of other items of the general's, directly from his descendants. I will guaranteee that. I assume that he had collected it soon after the Civil War. I cannot provehowever that he absolutely originally purchased it.
I will also guarantee that the sterling silver banding is original and the engraving is of the period.
On Mar-12-13 at 15:20:23 PDT, seller added the following information:
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Civil War Relic Walking Stick Cane From The Cumberland,sunk By The Merrimac,1862: $440