Early Post-Civil War Model of CSS Virginia Cannon – Remains of the Virginia
Early Post-Civil War Model of CSS Virginia Cannon – Remains of the Virginia – This model, skillfully constructed, appears to have been made in the years just after the Civil War. It was constructed of heavy, cast and finished brass, sitting on its original, heavy, oak or walnut, stained wood carriage, with wheels. Jeweler engraved, on the breech of the cannon, in period script, is the following: “ “Merrimac’ March 9th 1862.” We obtained this model, along with the fine, folk art model of the Virginia, from a long time and respected, Civil War navy collector. This model may have been constructed from the salvaged remains of the CSS Virginia, as were many CSS Virginia, souvenir items made of these salvaged elements, in the latter quarter of the 19th century. Local Norfolk newspaper records, in the 1870s, of the primary salvor of the Virginia, a Captain William West, were quite detailed. His was the last salvage attempt and many historians thought the most complete, believing he raised whatever was left of the entire wreck and placing it in the dry dock where the ironclad was built. There, it was broken up into souvenirs, relics and just plain junk. The Confederate ironclad made history, as a participant in the first battle between two ironclad warships. On March 9, 1862, she engaged the Union ironclad, U.S.S. Monitor, in a hotly contested engagement that resulted in a draw.
Size: Overall length – 9.5″; Barrel length - 9.25″; Height of carriage (highest point where cannon trunions rest) – 3”; Carriage – Length – 7.5”.
Condition - Excellent condition; overall, fine age patina to brass barrel; original finish remains in very good condition on carriage.