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Object Name: Metal printing plates (2)
Date: ca. 1839
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Medium: Copper, wood
Dimensions: Overall (portrait): 2 1/8 x 2 7/8 x 7/8 in. (5.4 x 7.3 x 2.2 cm) Overall (house): 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 x 13/16 in. (7 x 5.7 x 2.1 cm)
Place made: United States
Description: Two metal printing plates each affixed to wood block with metal screws or nails; each overscored with "X" over entire plate. a: oval frame containing portrait bust of bare-headed man against hatched background to shoulder level; handwritten in ink on wood block: "Portrait of Captain David Bushnell" b: images of house with tree and clouds in background; handwritten in ink on wood block: "birthplace of Captain David Bushnell, Saybrook, CT".
Credit Line: Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number: 2008.42.411
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Captain David Bushnell is credited as the the inventor of the first submarine vessel (1775). Images from these plates appear in James Fennimore Cooper's "History of the Navy of the United States of America" (1839).