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MINIATURE FOLK ART FIDDLE – Co. E 1st US Sharp Shooters / 1st New Hampshire Cavalry

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A clear-out from our 50 years of collecting mostly Civil War Maine, with an occasional set aside of things that just strike our fancy, this neat approximately 1/3 size, Southern pine folk art model fiddle sports a period brown ink penned label hidden deep inside the body where, the maker placed his identification while the fiddle was being constructed. With some difficulty in viewing (We found it impossible to photograph in its entirety.) yet clearly penned F. P. CRAM Co. E 1st NHSS 1863 appears in three lines. Frank P. Cram mustered in on Sept. 9, 1861 as a Private of Co. E 1st New Hampshire Sharp Shooters (a. k. a.: Co. E Berdan’s 1st U. S. Sharp Shooters). He was promoted Cpl. on October 15, 1862, Sgt. a year later, re-enlisted January 4, 1864 and was discharged for commission as 2nd Lt., Co. D 1st New Hampshire Cavalry in March of1864. Promoted Captain on June 10, 1865 Cram mustered out on July 15.1865.
Made of available Southern red pine in a crude fashion reflecting limited tools yet demonstrating at least a modicum of make-do skill, the little folk-art fiddle measures approximately 15 ½ inches in length, and remains in its heavy pecan wood and red pine case which demonstrates the same level of skill and ingenuity. With some very minor dings in its thick old natural bug-shellac finish the old relic remains in solid condition with eye appeal. In addition to its unquestionable age and the location of Cram’s label, we felt the red pine and pecan wood (both uniquely Southern) added credibility. (A crude FRANK faintly cut into the inside cover offers additional interest.) Likely made as a keepsake gift to be sent home to New Hampshire, we would guess the scaled down model with its case, had been a time passing winter camp project.
Too extensive to adequately cover here, our Hampton Falls, New Hampshire Sharp Shooter then Cavalryman was clearly a hard fought trooper with action in such as Yorktown, Mechanicsville, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg among his pursuits as a Sharpshooter, then Cavalry engagements such as Ream’s Station, Winchester, Va., Charlestown, Front Royal, Waynesborough, Cedar Creek and more under his belt before mustering out of the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry at the close of the Civil War. A desirable personal / folk-art piece.
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