James D. Julia Auctioneers
Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division
History In a Box: The Stephen Decatur Gold Freedom Box
by William A. Gage, Department Head

At dawn on Sunday morning, October 25th, 1812, the Frigate USS United States encountered an English Ship of War under full sail just off the island of Madeira, 500 miles west of the Canary Islands. Stephen Decatur, captain of the USS United States, resolved to overtake and engage the British vessel. Upon gaining ground on her adversary and in a constant barrage of fire from her long guns, USS United States was pummeling the foe, but was also receiving fire from the opposing ship. So outgunned was the British ship they decided to come to close quarters where their cannon could be more effective in the hopes that the tactic would save them.

Inscription on the inside lid of the Freedom box - Stephen Decatur's signet ring
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