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The face is painted white, with lunette decorated in gilt and grisaille with a scene of a sea battle over the dial. There are Arabic numerals in black and a second hand dial with conforming numerals. The spandrels are gilt and polychrome stylized with floral sprigs enclosed with "cable-like" gilt gesso beading. It also has a gilt gesso scrolling device below the aperature for hands.
Painted on the face in the lunette is: The Guerriere Captured by the Constitution. Inscribed on the back is: Gilbert Tucker Margeson, Marine Painter/died May 11 97 yrs old at Rockport/This maybe..?. his picture/which hangs in the naval pep and in Washington.
USS Constitution, 1794 C
Subject USS Constitution,
Attributed to Margeson, Gilbert Tucker, Mr. (Maker)
Rockport, MA, USA
16 1/8 x 11 9/10 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Massachusetts (United States)
Maine (United States)