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Lot 0211
Commissioned in 1794 and launched in 1797. Measuring 4 ½” by 4 ¾” piece of wood, presumably Red Oak, fitted with a bronze medallion cast with an image of the Constitution, and a bronze plaque that reads, “THIS MATERIAL WAS TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL HULL OF THE U.S. FRIGATE CONSTITUTION.” [the plaque most likely refers to the block of wood it is affixed to] Consigned along with the offered wood specimen, is a bronze turkey affixed to a wood plinth. Note, when the owner was given both the plaque and the turkey, he was told, by repute, that the turkey too, was created from salvaged elements of the Constitution. In 1924 funds were authorized to undertake a restoration of “Old Ironside”, the restoration was completed in 1927. The Constitution underwent further restoration in the 1950’s, then again in 1970. During the 1950’s restoration it was thought that Red Oak would provide greater internal structural support, hence a large quantity of this wood was used to replace the Live Oak, used in the ships original construction. This however proved to be incorrect, by 1970, most of the Red Oak used to replace the original Live Oak, had rotted away. The U.S.S. Constitution since it’s 1970 restoration, has undergone a number of additional restoration projects. It’s most compressive in 1992. Height of bird 14”. Width 6”. Depth 5¾”. (300/500)

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Estimate $300 - $500Jul 24, 2017
412 Northwood Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
United States
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