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Spanish American War of U.S.S. Maine Captain

A hand-painted glass goblet with gold-leaf trim that was supposedly presented to Charles D. Sigsbee by the crew of the U.S.S. Maine ca 1897-1898, after he was promoted to Captain and given the command over the ill-fated ship. Features a detailed painting of the Maine over C.D. Sigsbee / Captain U.S. Navy / Commanding U.S.S. Maine in flowing script; 3.625 in. wide, 9 in. tall.

Charles D. Sigsbee (1845-1923) was born in Albany, NY, and attended the Albany Academy before joining the U.S. Navy at the age of 14. He was appointed acting midshipman on July 16, 1862, and during the next 48 years, rose through the ranks until he was appointed Rear Admiral in 1903. Sigsbee served aboard several ships during the Civil War, including the Monongahela and Wyoming, and participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay and the First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher. Sigsbee is best remembered for his service during the Spanish American War when he served as Captain of the U.S.S. Maine, and for the heroic measures he took to save the lives of his men when the ship exploded in Havana Harbor in 1898. A fine memento from our country's brief foray into Imperialism.

Condition:Some of the gold-leaf trim has worn away; few minor chips in the paint.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$646
06/11/2010

 

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