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General Lee's monogram door knob

Discussion in 'Robert E. Lee' started by Stiles/Akin, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:05 PM.

  1. Stiles/Akin

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    I don't know. I don't see the L.

    More to the point, I don't see why he would have commissioned a feature like that -- he only lived there for a few years, and it was part of his father-in-law's estate.
     
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    The "E" can be observed as both E and L. The knob may have been a gift from his loyal supporters. Just a guess
     
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    Worth remembering that Lee wasn't very well known until after he had permanently vacated Arlington House.
     
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    This is from the Gettysburg Museum of History.
     
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    I understand. I'm not slamming anybody, just saying that the museum's identification of the piece seems a little "off" to me.
     
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    Unfortunately, over the years I've found many mistakes in even reputable museums; often they merely unquestionably pass on whatever story accompanies a particular donated artifact. One of the worst examples - and certainly relevant in this thread - was in the Museum of the Texas Daughters of the Confederacy that used to occupy one floor of the 1850's Texas Land Office on one corner of the State Capitol square. It was ONE of Robert E. Lee's SPURS! It had absolutely NO explanation or other attribution so seemed particularly suspect. Another item in the same location was the cabinet card photo (a type dating from ca.1870) supposedly showing a Texas Confederate soldier - a young man holding a Trapdoor Springfield rifle (from the 1870's-1890's period) while wearing a Spanish-American War uniform, also from the 1890's. He may have been a Texan, but he was far too young to have been a soldier in the Civil War.
     
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    It is a nice looking doorknob.
     
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    Let's not be confused---the Gettysburg Museum of History is a small privately owned museum/relic shop located in downtown Gettysburg displaying and selling various military memorabilia and other collectables. I would think it has no affiliation whatsoever with the National Park Service or any other federal institution.
     
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    Indeed. It is owned by someone who makes frequent appearances in the History Channel shows "Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers".
     
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