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Lot 235: Inscribed Cannon Cane Colonel James West Civil War Veteran

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Inscribed Cane with Cast Brass Cannon Handle Attributed to Colonel James West, Philadelphia City Troop Civil War Veteran

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Inscribed Cane with Cast Brass Cannon Handle Attributed to Colonel James West, Philadelphia City Troop Civil War Veteran

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
Gauge: 20
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Finish: bright
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Class: Other
Description:

Cane with a miniature brass cannon handle that measures 4 1/8 inches long from the muzzle to the end of the knob and has an open vent with small bore measuring at .20 inches. "Col. James. West." inscribed in script around the base of the cannon handle with roped borders. A June 26th, 1915 dated newspaper obituary lists a Civil War veteran Colonel James West of Philadelphia who passed away at age 76, which would put his birth date in the year 1839. He originally enlisted in the Philadelphia City Troop in 1861 and saw service throughout the entire war, including the Battle of Fort Pulaski and the Battle of Gettysburg. Shaft made of walnut. 1 3/8 inch German silver ferrule at the base. 34 3/4 inch total length.

Rating Definition:

Fine overall, attractive golden aged patina visible on the brass cannon handle, crisp inscription, and some light scratches and handling marks on the fine wood shaft.



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