Exceedingly Rare War Of 1812 War Trophy Burnging Of Washington 1814 General Ross
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Exceedingly Rare War Of 1812 War Trophy Burnging Of Washington 1814 General Ross:
For your consideration is one of the most superb War of 1812 artifacts that I have ever had the pleasure of offering for sale. This lot consists of afigured mahogany bellowsdating to the latter quarter of the 18th century and taken asspoils of war from the United States capitol building in August 1814. The construction of the bellows is of the finest quality materials and construction; with fine mahogany, tooled leather, and brass fittings. Inside the bellows is a paper label that is hard to photograph but shows the bellows origins in Paris, France. Carved in fine cursive on the front panel of the bellows is" Takenfrom Mr. Madison's House , August 1814 and Presented toMajor General Robert Ross aboard HMS RoyalOak"
The carving is obviously of some age and very dark. One has to find the irony of a bellows being presented to the manwho had justordered the American capitol buildings burned, fanning the flames if you will. I have no doubt that this piece was presented in the form a jest at the expense of the destroyed enemy buildings. The bellows were recently uncoveredhanging on the wall of an English country house, on which they were hung for many years after they were purchased at an estate sale decades ago.
Very few itemssacked from the Whitehouse have ever been found, most havingsunkoffNova Scotiawith the Royal Navy ships that carried booty fromthe sacked capitol.A mahogany medicine chest was returned to theWhite House in 1939 by the grandson of a Royal Navy officer who had taken it as a prize of war. There are also a pair of crystal decanters and a pair of silver candle sticks currently ondisplay at theCitadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Burning of Washington in 1814 was an incident during the War of 1812 between the forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and those of the United States of America. On August 24, 1814, after defeating the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, a British force led by Major General Robert Ross occupied Washington City and set fire to many public buildings. The facilities of the U.S. government, including the White House and U.S. Capitol, were largely destroyed. The British commander's orders to burn only public buildings and strict discipline among the British troops are credited with preserving the city's private buildings.
This was the only time since the Revolutionary War that a foreign power captured and occupied the United States capital.
Do not miss this opportunity to obtain a real piece of North American history!