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A Fine Pair of Late 18th Century American Nautical Antique Reverse Paint on Glass Silhouette Pictures of US "Perseverence" & USS "Constitution", circa 1797

A Fine Pair of Late 18th Century American Nautical Antique Reverse Paint on Glass Silhouette Pictures of US "Perseverence" & USS "Constitution", circa 1797

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US ships "Perseverence" and "Constitution" were both launched by the USA in 1797. The former was built in Virginia. The latter was built in Massachusetts.

"Perseverence" was sold to the British in 1799. A privateer captured her in 1800, but the British Royal Navy recaptured her within days. She traded with Baltimore, Brazil, and the Mediterranean. She made one voyage as a whaler which resulted in pirates taking her in 1821, killing her master and at least some of her crew, and burning her.

"USS Constitution", also known as "Old Ironsides", is a three-masted wooden-hulled heavy frigate of the United States Navy. She is the world's oldest commissioned naval warship still afloat and she exists to this day. She was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. The name "Constitution" was among ten names submitted to President George Washington by Secretary of War Timothy Pickering in March of 1795 for the frigates that were to be constructed. Joshua Humphreys designed the frigates to be the young Navy's capital ships, and so Constitution and her sister ships were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period.

She was built at Edmund Hartt's shipyard in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts. Her first duties were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War. 

Retired from active service in 1881, she served as a receiving ship until designated a museum ship in 1907. In 1931 she made a three-year, 90-port tour of the nation, and in 1997 after a comprehensive restoration to her 1812 configuration she finally sailed again under her own power for her 200th birthday.

Presented in their original maple frames with gilt inner slip.

Provenance - Sourced privately within Suffolk, England.

Condition - Good as per the images. There is minor surface wear to the frames. The pictures themselves are in very good order.

Size of each (including frame) -

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