CIVIL WAR PERIOD US NAVY SHAVING DISH & MIRROR FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE RON TUNISON

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Item Code: 1100-06

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Dish has a gutta-percha body that meas. approx. 1.50 inches tall x 3.25 inches across. The lid is decorated with a sunburst design with concentric rings at center. The center ring has an anchor and “U.S.N” with thirteen stars. The outer ring has an intertwined rope and the motto “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP.” The edge of the lid has a small brass ring attached.

Once the lid is unscrewed the two sections have different functions. The lower section acts as a container for shaving soap while the lid has a mirror on the bottom. The lid can be hung on a peg, nail or small tree branch by the brass ring attached to its edge. Embossed around the edge of the mirror is “MANUFACTURED BY THE NOVELTY RUBBER CO. NEW BRUSNSWICK, NEW JERSEY / UNDER GOODYEAR’S PATENT MAY 6, 1851.”

The condition of this piece is very good. The exterior is free of chips but there is some light surface dirt from use and storage. Mirror has cloudy oxidation on its face.

Ron Tunison (1947 – 2013) was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., and was a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was a scholarship student at the NYC National Academy where he continued his sculpting studies. He went on to become an internationally acclaimed sculptor of nine heroic bronze monuments: "General W. Crawford," near Little Round Top on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the “Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial" on Steinwehr Ave., the bas-relief "Delaware State Memorial" on Taneytown Road, and "The Gettysburg Civil War Women's Memorial" at Evergreen Cemetery. On the Antietam National Battlefield is Tunison's "Irish Brigade Monument." "The Bivouac" is at the entrance to the Civil War Soldier's Museum at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg, Va. "The Delaware Continentals" heroic size bronze of three advancing Revolutionary War soldiers stands atop a twenty-five-foot granite pedestal in front of Legislative Hall at Dover, Delaware. At Ringgold Gap in Atlanta, Ga., is Ron's life-size General Patrick Cleburne. Dedication ceremonies for “General John Barry, U.S. Naval Commander”, took place May 10th, 2014 at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Ron was the entrepreneur behind his own company Historical Sculptures, where he sculpted smaller statues.  [AD]

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