Carved wood napkin ring with applied silver presentation plaque for 10th Rhode Island Infantry.
Presentation Fort DeRussey, D.C. Napkin Ring, and reads, “H.T. Chace, Co. “D” 10th R.I.V./ Fort DeRussey, Aug. 25, 1862.” The wood is crudely fashioned and the silver plaque has two prongs that simple fold over, An old collection number in paint remains on the inside. (I say presentation, but may be Chace’s personal memento to himself).
The diameter is 2 inches approximately
The 10th Rhode Island Volunteers were called upon in May of 1862, to defend Washington from imminent threat of invasions, and this regiment’s various companies were garrisoned in the defensive forts on the western approaches to the Capital. Henry T. Chace was from Providence, and he mustered into service, initially into Co. “I” on May, 26, 1862 as a private. The regiment serviced for three months, the whole time garrisoning the Washington Forts, mustering out of service on August 1, 1862. Chace was listed as detatched on June 30, 1862, but no place stated for “special service.”
Condition is fine. Great little historical relic from a short lived U.S. Fort.