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Civil War relic alligator – Franklin Parish, Louisiana



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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Your Price: $ 495.00
Item Number: 63221

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Another offering from the downsizing of our 50 + year accumulation from seeking out such treasures, (see: a small representation of our personal accumulation at – ) this friendly old gator measures just over 4 feet in total length and remains in solid condition with good evidence of age. Off white patches on the head appear to be old milk paint, could be removed but as they are period and part of the relic’s history we would leave all as is. Acquired some years ago from a family cleanout which included long time attic stored remnants from the defunct S. K. Oakes G A R Post #121 in Oldtown, Maine. The alligator is period marked Bedell Plantation – Franklin Parish - 1863 . This Civil War relic is linked by association (attic family lineage) to one Justin R. Atkins who our research found had served as Pvt. Co. A 22nd Maine Infantry 10/10/1862 – 8/14/1863 and lived in Old Town, Maine until his passing in 1921. Further that the 22nd Maine served in the area of the Jotham Hulbert Bedell (1807–1859) home in - Franklin Parish during their nine month tenure in the military. (Bedell owned and operated a sugar plantation and a sugar mill on the property which was subsequently acquired by Alice and John Calder and in later times became known as the Alice C. Plantation.) As the alligator had been grouped in storage with things from the Oldtown Post we can reasonably deduct that like so many Vets Justin Atkins had placed his Civil War trophy on loan to his home G.A.R. Post, in this instance the S. K. Oakes Post #121. The gator will come with our letter preserving the above lineage.
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