Rare SPEESE & SON / GETTYSBURG, PA Redware Civil War Monument for First Massachusetts Infantry

Spring 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 282

Price Realized: $1,080.00

($900 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Cold-Painted Redware FIRST MASS INFANTRY Civil War Monument, Stamped "GETTYSBURG / JULY 2 1863" and "SPEESE & SON / GETTYSBURG PA," late 19th century, molded after the Battle of Gettysburg's First Massachusetts Infantry Monument, depicting a skirmisher with rifle crossing over a split-rail fence above the impressed words, "FIRST MASS / INFANTRY." Base of monument impressed "GETTYSBURG" and "JULY 2 1863." Reverse of plaque impressed with Speese & Son maker's mark. Surface covered in a silver paint. On July 2, 1863, the First Massachusetts Infantry, commanded by Boston merchant, Lieutenant Colonel Clark B. Baldwin, held a skirmish line on the Union Army's front. Of the 383 men in the regiment, sixteen were killed, eighty-three were wounded, and twenty-one went missing. The monument was erected on June 30, 1886. This replica monument and other Civil-War-related works by the Speese family were presumably made as souvenir pieces. Excellent condition with minor chipping. H 12 1/4".

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