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Doubtless One of the Most Visually Impressive and Historically Important Carved Civil War Pipes We've Ever Catalogued. Absolutely massive, 3 1/8" high, 3" across the base, and 3½" from the front to the back of the stem holder. Carved of burl/ root wood and shows no signs of ever having been smoked. Recessed panel on the front with crossed cannons with shield beneath inscribed "19th Mass. Vols." with "Fair Oaks" carved in relief on the bottom. The name of the pipe's owner is incise carved on the underside of the bowl, "Lieut Ferris". This is John J. Ferris who enlisted in the 19th August 13, 1861, and rose through the ranks to his promotion to 2d Lieutenant on January 22, 1863. Ferris was subsequently killed at Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864, and had been wounded at Gettysburg on July 3 and Bristoe Station October 14, 1863. A remarkable record which is further attested to by the carving on the pipe. Relief carved around the top of the bowl "Antietam - Glendale". The underside of the bowl is carved in relief with the following battles: Peach Orchard, Savage Station, Nelsons Farm, Malvern Hill, Forlorn Hope and Fredericksburg. The top of the stem holder is carved in relief "Battles 61, 2 & 3". Each of six flat panels on the sides of the pipe are incise carved with battles including: Bull Run, Edwards Ferry, Balls Bluff, York Town, West Point and Flint Hill. The pipe is overall in perfect condition with deep rich patina. As fine and historic an example as we've seen in years.

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December, 2010
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