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    Civil War Scrimshaw Carved Powder Horn Attributed to U.S. Navy POW George W. Simmons, Jr. Approximately 22" in length (curved) and 3.25" in diameter. The center of the powder horn features three lines of block lettering, "G.W.S. Jr./ Sept. 8th, 1863 / Sabine Pass" over an open branch and leaf with floral motif. Lower section of horn features a large, rather crude carving of an American vessel very similar to period illustrations of the USS Clifton; with an American flag flying at top of the rear mast and a larger American flag flying on pole at extreme stern, with a cannon barrel just behind it, and a second cannon facing forward at the bow.

    The gunboat USS Clifton was captured by Confederate forces on September 8, 1863 at Sabine Pass. Simmons, who was serving as Acting Assistant Paymaster was taken prisoner, along with much of the ship's crew. He was initially sent to Houston and then on the Shreveport, Louisiana, but escaped. Unfortunately, he was recaptured and sent to Camp Ford, where he remained until March 1865. According to service records, he was "exchanged; resigned, June 14, 1865". After the Civil War, he returned to Boston and went into business with his father.

    Condition: Light wear at the base, micro scratches towards the spout. The spout has cleanly cracked in two places. Otherwise very good.


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    Auction Dates
    March, 2018
    17th Saturday
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