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(March 2003) Enlarge Along the port side, the wooden bench that the crew sat on was revealed in excellent condition. In addition, on the surface of the bench itself was found two very well preserved buttons. These artifacts, the first from the Hunley's crew, were most likely artillery buttons from a uniform coat, possibly used as a seat cushion by one of the men




Enlarge The pocket watch belonged to Lt. George E. Dixon, the Captain of the Hunley. It is decorated on both sides and includes a chain and an ornate fob, both made of gold. The chain of the watch was intertwined with very fragile, waterlogged textiles, meaning Lt. Dixon probably kept the watch in the right hand pocket of a vest or coat


Enlarge While excavating a block lift containing textiles of Hunley captain Lt. George Dixon, a diamond ring and a diamond broach were uncovered. The jewelry was found between two layers of cloth, meaning Lt. Dixon was most likely carrying the valuable pieces in either his jacket or trouser pocket.
The ring is made of gold and has nine diamonds, with the center diamond alone being approximately half a carat. Maria Jacobsen, Senior Archaeologist on the Hunley project, said, “the ring is ornate, and both sides of the ring are decorated in filigree.”
The broach is also made of gold and holds 37 diamonds, making up approximately 2 carats. The gold on both pieces of jewelry is high quality, at either 18- or 24-carat.
It is very possible that Lt. Dixon carried these valuable pieces with him at all times for safe-keeping. Though much research still needs to be completed, there are many possible scenarios as to why Lt. Dixon had this jewelry and brought it onboard the Hunley. Dixon, who also carried the now famous gold coin with him at all times, may have had these items with him as mementos or good luck charms.


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