Gavel made from wood from the Battleship New York

Object Number: 
INV.7608ab
Date: 
1865-1880
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 26.7 x 8.9 cm )
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"
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.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group