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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:American
Title:Civil War Sailor
Date Made:1860s
Type:Sculpture
Materials:carved, painted wood
Place Made:United States
Measurements:figure only: 14 x 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.; 35.56 x 9.525 x 7.3025 cm; height with stand: 16 1/2 in.; 41.91 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 2003.30.10
Credit Line:Bequest of Dorothy C. Miller (Mrs. Holger Cahill), class of 1925
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art
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Description:
standing figure, arms by side, short dark hair, wearing black slacks, blouse with bow in front and large square collar, soft cap, and shoes; plain stand with one "step" in front

Label Text:
This carving appears to represent a sailor in a Union uniform. The basic naval equipment and rig as listed in 1864 regulations of the U.S. Navy included: blue wool jumper, blue wool trousers, flat hat, black silk neckerchief, brogans, wool socks, Ames model cutlass with scabbard, pistol box, black holster, and 1861 model Colt Navy pistol. Shipboard life for both the Union and Confederate navies included regulated activity as well as hours of relaxation and probable boredom, and it is possible that a sailor carved this figure when he was not on duty.

Tags:
men; boats; military; water; costume

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