U.S. marked pike naval yard Washington "J.T." inspector LABEL SHOULD BE PROTECTED
Overall: 91 x 1 3/8 in. ( 231.1 x 3.5 cm )
stamped: point: "US/N.Y.W./JT" (U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.; JT is the name of a gov't inspector) written: label: "Boarding pike..............."
Wood and iron pike; cylindrical wooden shaft with tapered, rectangular point fastened to top; stamped marks on blade; paper label affixed to shaft middle.
According to accession records, this boarding pike was salvaged from wreck of the Union frigate Cumberland, after its destruction by the Confederate ironclad Merrimack in 1862 off Hampton Roads, Virginia during the Civil War.
Gift of Mrs. J.W. Livingston
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.