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Object Name Bottle, Christening
Common Name USS Kentucky (BB-6) Christening Bottle
Catalog Number 1943.4
Maker United States
Date 1898
Material(s) Cotton/Silk/Steel/Cork
Dimensions H-13.5 W-5 D-1.5 inches
Description This is the remains of the bottle used to christen the USS Kentucky (BB-6). The piece is made of a bottle shaped cream colored net (possibly crocheted) that is finished with a cream colored silk sibbon at the mouth. The piece has a bow at the neck that is tied with red and white silk ribbon. The neck and cork of a broken green glass bottle is still in the nexk of the netting. The glass is partially held in place with a steel wire that is wrapped around it and was probably used to suspend the bottle for the christening ceremony. The netting has holes at the neck and bottom where it has been torn (probably from the glass).
Notes The USS Kentucky (BB-6) was christened by Miss Bradley, the daughter of Kentucky Governor William O. Bradley on March 24, 1898. She used water from a spring near Lincoln's birthplace as she was a member of a Christian Temperance group.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Bradley, W. O. (William O’Connell)
Subjects Ceremonial objects
Ceremonies
Christenings
Ships
Search Terms US Navy
Navy
United States Navy
Great White Fleet
USS Kentucky
USS Kentucky (BB6)
Christening ceremonies
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS