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Object Name GAVEL
Catalog Number 0985.00.00118
Description This pine gavel has a handle fitted into a barrel. The barrel has three central incised rings with bulbous ends. The inscription "First White House Confederacy" has been burned into the wood on the barrel. There is a silver band attached to the gavel that is barely legible, reads "Secession Chapter UDC Montgomery Ala" The gavel is tied with a 1.75" red and white satin ribbon.
Material wood; metal (silver); textile (satin)
Dimensions H-9.2 W-6 D-1.5 inches
Provenance A gavel made from a crepe myrtle tree which grew under the window of the room occupied by President and Mrs. Davis in the White House in Montgomery, Alabama, when that city was the Capitol of the Southern Confederacy.
People Davis, Jefferson
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Search Terms Montgomery, Alabama
First White House of the Confederacy