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    One of the Most Magnificent Carved Civil War Pipes We've Ever Seen. Really an important piece of American folk art in addition to its importance as a Civil War artifact. Massive size and weight carved entirely by hand of burl wood. The front of the pipe is deeply relief carved with a full spread wing eagle with shield, holding a riband in its beak, "The Union Now And Forever", really exceptional work. The one side of the pipe is relief carved with an artillery piece with "64" on the barrel, doubtless referring to the date the pipe was made. The other side of the pipe depicts a mounted soldier, again beautifully executed. The back of the pipe is relief carved with the full nude figure of a woman holding a riband inscribed "Liberty", the whole surrounded by a laurel wreath. The flat bottom of the pipe bears the neatly incised carved legend, "Made In Camp Near Falmouth, Va. By Benj. G. Chapman 146 NYSV". The pipe is in perfect untouched condition, with no indication of having been smoked and nice rich patina. Chapman enlisted in the 146th on October 10, 1862 and served with the regiment until May 3, 1863 when he transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps. The 146th, known as Garrard's Tigers, were, for a period uniformed as Zouaves. The regiment was heavily engaged at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg during Chapman's term of service. The regiment lost a total of 133 men killed and mortally wounded. Accompanied by a complete set of records. A really great carved Civil war pipe.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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