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Description: LIBBY PRISON RELIC
A neat ready-to-frame relic from the notorious Confederate Libby Prison in Richmond, an approx. 4" x 3" x 1/2" section of wood (tidewater cypress), once a support beam from the structure, accompanied by iron-clad provenance. The relic is tastefully enclosed in a shadowbox double mat with two copy images of the prison and its interior, as well as a printed descriptive label. In 1889 Libby Prison was dismantled and shipped to Chicago where it was used as a Civil War museum. In 1898 it was again dismantled and a large portion of the structure was sold to an Indiana farmer who used the beams and bricks to construct a barn to house his stock. In 1963, the barn was demolished and the materials were stored until 2006 when they were again sold at auction. The majority of the materials are now bound for a Virginia museum for reconstruction, but a very small amount of wood was found unusable and sold to our consignor who constructed this display.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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