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Object Name: Gavel made from wood from the Battleship New York
Date: 1865-1880
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Medium: Wood, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 26.7 x 8.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Wooden gavel with metal commemorative label; designed to stand vertically on its bell shaped head with the handle upright; the finial end of the handle unscrews and there is a hollow compartment inside the handle.
Object Number: INV.7608ab
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Marks: engraved: across metal label: "PRESENTED TO / SERG'T HAMILTON FISH CAMP 46 N.Y. / BY COMRADE RICHARD R. VINCENT / MADE FROM WOOD TAKEN FROM THE / U.S. BATTLESHIP NEW YORK"

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This commemorative gavel was presented to Hamilton Fish (1808-1893), by Richard R. Vincent who served with Fish in the Civil War. It was made from the wood of the U.S. Battleship New York. Fish became a lawyer in 1830, was a Whig Congressman from New York 1843-1845, and served as governor of New York 1849-1851. He was later appointed as U.S. Secretary of the State and served in that capacity from 1869-1877.