Fragment from the Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes
Wood, paper, metal
Overall: 6 x 7 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 15.2 x 18.4 x 7 cm )
handwritten in ink: on paper affixed to back: "From the Cabin / of / The Spanish Cruiser Reina Mercedes / in the Harbor / of / Santiago, Cuba / by Com. W. B. Duncan, Jr. July 1898"
Architectural capital: wooden composite order pilaster capital from the cabin wall of the Spanish cruiser "Reina Mercedes"; paper with inscription affixed to back.
The cruiser Reina Mercedes, built for the Spanish Navy in 1887, was captured in Cuba by the U.S. Navy in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.
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