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    Presented to a U.S. Navy Officer with a Distinguished Civil War Battle Record: Inscribed and Cased, Relief Carved and Superbly Silver Mounted, Meerschaum Pipe. Shown in its custom fitted original case, the pipe is massive; 5" overall with the bowl, including the silver top, 4 1/2" tall. The meerschaum is superbly relief carved with large, very delicate, beautifully executed scroll/floral motifs, while the entire front of the bowl has a superb large American eagle holding an olive branch with a cluster of stars above its head. The bowl is topped with a superbly crafted solid silver hinged cover with silversmith's hallmarks and matching relief designed silver edging on the hank. Custom fitted in its original beige silk and purple velvet lined lid, leather covered wood case. Original fancy gold printed labels inside and on base from well known "POLLAK & SON, BROADWAY, N.Y.". Two of the original four mouthpiece and stem accessories are intact in their proper spaces in the case. The other two pieces would not be difficult to replace if deemed necessary.

    An outstanding feature is the absolutely authentic silver two piece plaque affixed to the outside domed cover of the casing, handsomely inscribed "PRESENTED TO....E. HOOKER / U.S.N. / AUGUST 15'th, 1867." Edward Hooker was originally appointed from Rhode Island July, 1861 as an "Acting Master" and ordered to the North Atlantic Blockading Squdn. aboard the gunboat U.S.S. Louisiana, where he was severely wounded in October 1861. He was aboard that vessel on the Burnside Expedition and fought her in the absence of her commanding officer at North Carolina Sept, 5, 1862 for which he was promoted for gallantry in action. In 1863 he commanded the U. S. S. Victoria in the North Atlantic Blockading Sqdn. and captured two vessels. He was subsequently ordered to the Potomac Flotilla where he commanded the steamer Commodore Read the balance of the war with command of boats on the Rappahanock. When General Grant advanced he cleared the river of torpedoes and opened it to transports. Promoted to Lt. Commander January 1865, he later commanded the store-ship U. S. S. Idaho from 1867 to July, 1869 and had further active service until 1877. This barely touches on Hooker's career and in our research we found over 200 references to him in Volume IV of the Official Records alone. The entire presentation in superb condition just showing the slightest aging and wear.

    A stunning piece intrinsically awarded to one of the most gallant and active Union Naval officers of the war.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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