Vase Depicting Isaac Hull
USS Constitution’s undefeated record during the War of 1812 made the ship a symbol of strength and promise for the young United States in the early 19th century. The ship’s captains became common household names, and scenes of the U.S. naval victories of the War of 1812 became popular decorative motifs.
This gilded porcelain decorative vase depicts the bust of Captain Isaac Hull, who defeated HMS Guerriere in Constitution’s first victory of the War of 1812. On the back is an eagle motif with the motto “E Pluribus Unum.”