Gun hammer from U.S. frigate Cumberland

Object Number: 
INV.10310
Date: 
1840-1862
Medium: 
Iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 7 x 5 in. ( 10.2 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm )
Description: 
Iron and brass gun hammer.
Gallery Label: 
According to an attached label, this gun hammer was recovered in 1864 by divers from the wreckage of the Union frigate Cumberland, which had been sunk two years earlier by the Confederate ironclad Virginia, formerly the U.S.S. Merrimac. The hammer was presented to the Society in 1886 by Mrs. Livingston, the wife of Admiral Livingston.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Livingston
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group