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    Commissioning Pennant and Watercolor Painting of the USS Pursuit, Circa 1862-63. The consignor states that this lot was acquired from descendants of Darius Shuler (1836-1866) in the Troy, New York area. Shuler was a purser in the U.S. Navy from 1862-65 and served aboard the USS Pursuit and USS Banshee. This grouping consists of a "commissioning" pennant and an untitled, period watercolor of the USS Pursuit alongside the Federal troopship Empire City, painted by T. Flagler (probably a talented amateur artist and perhaps a member of the crew). The pennant is 16½' x 8½" at the hoist. The pennant is made of regulation woolen bunting and the long seams are all machine sewn (period correct) and the thirteen cotton stars of the canton and grommet holes at the hoist are hand sewn. The watercolor measures 13" x 17¾" (view) and is framed and matted to an overall size of 26" x 21¾".
    The USS Pursuit was a 144 foot bark purchased at new York on September 3, 1861. It was refitted and armed with six 32 pounders and a Parrott bow gun. She was commissioned on December 17, 1861 with Acting Volunteer Lt. David Cate in command. Assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, she operated off the coast of Florida and Cuba. She captured her first prize, the schooner Anna Belle, off Apalachicola on March 6, 1862. She took six other prize ships between 1862 and 1865 and subsequently returned to New York where she was decommissioned on June 5, 1865. The consignor has provided a folder with some internet research material on Shuler and the USS Pursuit.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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