1879 Steel Engraving Admiral Crabbe Portrait Uniform Navy Costume 19th XGOB8

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This is an original 1879 black and white steel engraving of the distinguished naval officer Admiral Crabbe, who was part of the 1866 American mission to Russia.

CONDITION

This 132+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Steel Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6.5 x 9 inches; 17 x 23 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is extremely proud to offer a collection of magnificent steel engravings, which bring to light some of the major players who took part in a little-known mission to Russia, undertaken by the U.S. Navy after the American Civil War. One rarely stops to think about Russia's important impact in America's history during the 19th century, yet her contributions were significant. Although Russia had problems of her own, when Britain lent towards supporting the confederacy during the Civil War, Russia ultimately chose to back the union. In 1866, as a token of goodwill after the union's victory, President Andrew Jackson decided to have Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Gustavus Fox, personally deliver a copy of a Joint Resolution of Congress to Emperor Alexander II of Russia, congratulating him on his recent narrow escape from an assassination attempt. Fox was also instructed to take notes of any new naval innovations he could find along the way, in an effort to ameliorate the U. S. Navy on his return. The lengthy trip was undergone on the USS Miantonomah, an ironclad monitor warship, and in addition to Russia the team also voyaged to French, Danish, Spanish, Swedish and Italian ports along the way. It was an epic journey, and involved some extremely incredible people.

Keywords specific to this image: decoration, military, commander, sailor

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