Metal printing plates (2)

Object Number: 
2008.42.411
Date: 
ca. 1839
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
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".
Gallery Label: 
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).
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group