Civil War carved pipes highlight Cowan's July auction



2015-06-26 13:20:48

Civil War carved pipes highlight Cowan's July auction

A collection of elaborately carved pipes from the civil war-era will sell in Ohio

A collection of elaborately carved folk art pipes from the US civil war-era will be sold at part of Cowan's Fine & Decorative Art Auctionon July 13-14 in Ohio.

Civil war carved pipe The Jeff Davis was a Confederate gunboat, but it is uncertain as to why Dodds has carved its name on the pipe

The patriotic pipes feature scenes from the war and some are engraved with the names of the soldiers who would have puffed on them in the 1860s.

Leading bids is a massive briar pipe that is carved with a relief banner reading, "Gunboat Jeff Davis Captain J L Dodds", which is expected to sell for $2,500-3,500. It previously sold for $4,112 with the same auction house in 2010.

Dodds was among those Confederatescaptured at the Battle of Sayler's Creek, though the association with the gunboat Jeff Davis is unknown as he never a combatant on the Mississippi.

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