U.S.FRIGATE -- the CONSTITUTION
HEIGHT = 10 3/4 inches
" OLD IRONSIDES "
Made by GREENBLATT
DESIGN # 10
WIDTH = 8 1/2 inches
DEPTH = 2 1/2 inches
VALUE = $300 - $500
Copyrighted 1924 (Backside in lower cavity)
A M CREENBLATT STUDIOS (Backside in lower cavity)
BOSTON MASS (Backside in lower cavity)
10 (Backside on bottom rim)
THE CONSTITUTION (on Front)
A.M. Greenblatt WAS IN OPERATION FROM 1924 UNTIL 1948-49
AT 17 RICHMOND STREET IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
MORRIS GREENBLATT WAS THE OWNER and WAS FIRST
ASSOCIATED in 1902 WITH THE NUBIAN ART COMPANY
AND LATER WITH BOSTON PLASTIC ART CO. in 1909
THIS IS ONE OF HIS EARLIEST DOORSTOPS, 1924
THE GREAT CHASE --JULY 11, 1812
Less thin a month after the United States declared war on Great Britain,
USS CONSTITUTION, under the command of Capt. Isaac Hull, was en route to New York.
Off the coast of Egg Harbor, NJ, she spent more than 50 hours outmaneuvering five English warships
Greatly outnumbered and desperate to outrun his British adversaries,
Capt. Hull ordered the nearly 500 men to make the 2,200-ton ship lighter and sail faster.
Hull ordered his men to shorten the ship’s sails in preparation for a squall a few hours later,
and when the British ships did the same, the American captain then unfurled his ship’s sails. and
the USS CONSTITUTION raced away at 11 knots, almost her top operating speed,
and the Royal Navy ships gave up the chase early the next morning.
the CONSTITUTION is Named " OLD IRONSIDE" - August 19, 1812
USS CONSTITUTION encountered the frigate HMS GUERRIERE off the coast of Nova Scotia on the above date.
As the distance closed, HMS GUERRIERE crew to began to fire broadsides early.
the USS CONSTITUTION chose to hold fire until just within less than a Pistol Shot.
In the course of this 35-minute battle, an astonished sailor observed a British
18-lb. iron cannonballs, bouncing harmlessly off USS CONSTITUTION’s 25-inch oak hull,
and he cried out, "Huzza! Her sides are made of iron!"
Henceforth, USS CONSTITUTION carried the nickname "Old Ironsides."
CONSTITUTION’s 24-lb. shots (vs the English's 18 lb) were devastating, bringing down the English warship’s masts.
The first United States Marine Corps officer to die in combat at sea was Lt. William Bush,
who was shot on USS CONSTITUTION’s
HMS GUERRIERE’s signaled surrender to the American frigate.
YOU CAN VISIT THE USS CONSTITUTION TODAY IN CHARLESTOWN, MASS