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Original Pencil Sketch and Watercolor of the Bald Eagle “Old Abe”


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Original pencil sketch and watercolor on paper of the War mascot “Old Abe”, a bald eagle kept by the members of Company C in the 8th Wisconsin (The Eagle Regiment). Accomplished in a mix of charcoal, pastel and watercolor, 19″ x 29″ (27″x36 1/2″ framed) by Beth Wands, who was the “National Mother of Sons of Union Veterans”. At the top she writes in pencil of the death of the old soldier eagle in 1881 and at the bottom right she inscribes and dates the drawing to Jack Mankey, Dec. 25, 1928. At the bottom left, she repeats the familiar story of Old Abe. Housed in an ornate gilt frame