Fighting Men Of The Civil War

Date:
1999
Creator:
William C. Davis
Publisher/Studio:
San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press

Examines the men who fought in the Civil War, both on land and sea, as well as their equipment.

Description (physical):

Hardback

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
E607.D38, LCCN: 99-28865
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Naval Ceremonies, Customs, And Traditions

Creator:
Lt. Cdr. Royal W. Connell and VAdm. William P. Mack
Publisher/Studio:
:

Overview of the customs and traditions of the US Navy.

Description (physical):

Hardback

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
V310.L6, LCCN: 79-92236
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

American Artillerist's Companion, Volume I

Date:
1969
Creator:
Louis de Tousard
Publisher/Studio:
New York, NY: Greenwood Press

Volume I of Louis Tousard's treatise on handling artillery, building batteries, and caring for guns in the field.

Description (physical):

Hardback

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
UF145.T732, LCCN: 68-054806
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

American Artillerist's Companion, Volume II

Date:
1969
Creator:
Louis de Tousard
Publisher/Studio:
New York, NY: Greenwood Press

Volume II of Louis Tousard's treatise on handling artillery, building batteries, and caring for guns in the field.

Description (physical):

Hardbarck

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
UF145.T732 VOL II, LCCN: 68-054806
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Bohmann Harp Guitar

Date:
1910
Creator:
Joseph Bohmann
Publisher/Studio:
Chicago, IL

Unusual as this guitar looks to us today, in the early 1900s harp guitars were made by many companies, including Gibson, Martin, and the Larson brothers. Harp guitars combine a standard six-string guitar with a harp's sub-bass strings to extend the tonal range of the instrument. Forerunners of this style of guitar date back to lutes in the 1500s.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.003
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Gibson Archtop

Date:
1898
Creator:
Orville Gibson
Publisher/Studio:
Kalamazoo, MI

Orville Gibson, who gave his name to the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, was an innovator in both design and construction. With this guitar, he successfully demonstrated that an instrument with an arched top, rather than the traditional flattop, would produce a louder sound. Gibson borrowed the arched- or carved-top concept from the violin; however, the violin's f-shaped sound holes were not adapted to guitar design until the 1920s. The archtop guitar has been popular with both musicians and makers throughout the 20th century.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.002
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Martin Guitar

Date:
1852
Creator:
C.F. Martin, Sr.
Publisher/Studio:
Nazareth, PA

This is a mid-1800s guitar. Guitars of the 18th century commonly used gut and metal-wound gut strings. A simple solution to 19th-century demands for greater volume was to utilize newly available materials. But the structure of the guitar had to be reinforced to withstand the resulting increase in tension. Christian Frederick Martin was one of the innovators in the transition to steel strings. Around 1850 Martin invented "X-bracing," the use of crossed wooden strips in the guitar's top for structural reinforcement. He also developed other design features, such as a body shape that was smaller above the sound hole than below, and a square peghead. They marked the beginning of a new American flattop guitar design that is little changed today.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.001
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Medal

This is a medal that was awarded to Clara Barton, after her death in 1912. It commemorates the 1913 bicentennial of her birthplace, Oxford, Massachusetts, amd also reads, "Clara Barton: The World's Greatest Nurse." The medal is in the shape of a Greek cross, similar to the Red Cross emblem.

Description (physical):

Material: Metal. L: 3.4cm, W: 3.4cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 4476
Institution:
National Park Service

Dictating Machine

Date:
1897
Publisher/Studio:
Columbia Phonograph Co.

This is a late-19th century gramophone, used around the world for recording. It features a horn with which to listen, and has a crank to power the machine.

Description (physical):

Material: Wood/Oak, Metal. H: 47cm, W: 29.2cm, D: 50cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 3188
Institution:
National Park Service

Pocket Knife

This is a sterling silver pocket knife, with a 4.5cm blade, and a floral pattern on the back of the handle.

Description (physical):

Material: Metal, Silver. L: 13.9cm (open), 8.1cm (closed), W: 1.4cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 1047
Institution:
National Park Service