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Unknown [War of 1812 lacquer snuffbox showing victory of United States over Macedonian]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04750 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: circa 1812 Pagination: 1 snuff box ; 2.5 x 9 cm.

Summary of Content: Cylindrical, varnished snuff box from the War of 1812. Lid commemorates the 25 October 1812 capture of the British ship Macedonia by the USS United States, commanded by Stephen Decatur. Bottom depicts the bald eagle seal of the United States surrounded by patriotic sentiments such as "United We Stand. Divided We Fall." Probably made after December 1812, when knowledge of the fight became better known (per Henry Adams, Administration of James Monroe). Image on lid is damaged at center.

People: Decatur, Stephen, 1752-1808

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Tobacco and SmokingWar of 1812Military HistoryNavyGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsAmerican Symbols and SealsPatriotism

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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