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Object Name INKSTAND
Catalog Number 0985.13.00237
Description Japanned wood inkstand in the form of a cannon. It features two ink wells, candle holder (at base of cannon), and match holder (in form of James field artillery piece). It stands on a circular base, believed mahogancy-stained, with an edge decorated with brass nails, escutcheons, and gadrooning. The cannon is on a carriage and under it has a small metal plaque.
Dimensions H-5 W-8 inches
Owned Walter E. Grant
Provenance Inkstand given to Walter E. Grant by Jefferson Davis on April 2, 1865. Grant was the son of James Grant, 12th Street neighbors of the Davis family during the Civil War.

"Toy cannon. Presented by President Davis to Walter E. Grant, April 2, 1895." (1905 Catalog)

In Walter Grant's postwar memoir (copy in object file), he wrote, "I was in St. Paul's Church when Mr. Davis was called out on that memorable Sunday.... After dinner when the older heads were engaged, I drifted down the gully, and when I returned to the house, was told that Mr. Davis had been to say goodbye and left something for me to remember him by. This was the desk rosewood brass desk ornament, inkstand, pen holder, and matchbox, representing a cannon on wheels and which is now at the Confederate Museum."
People Grant, Walter Enders
Davis, Jefferson
Search Terms Confederate Executive Mansion
Confederate White House
Executive Mansion
White House of the Confederacy
Subjects gifts