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    Cotton Bale - Inventory Number: MIS 096 / SOLD

    This antique bale of cotton is wrapped in burlap and secured by a series of six blued iron bands and circular grommet.  Overall good condition with some minor soiling.  Measures: 17” x 13” x 12”.

    While the historical significance of the cotton trade has filled many books, an interesting Naval note is that when the Civil War began, the South did not have adequate war ships.  The Confederates transformed steamboats by lining them with cotton bales to protect the crew and sensitive machinery.  The weapons of the age had difficulty penetrating even one of these tightly-packed bales of cotton; when wet they were very difficult to set on fire.  

    Inventory Number: MIS 096 / SOLD