Sunday, December 7, 2014

Folk Art Carved Ash Burl Civil War Pipe

Elegantly carved folk art carved ash burl pipe with fluted tendrils and the names of three decisive battles, Chancellorsville

Battle of Chancellorsville by Kurz and Allison
(depicts the wounding of Confederate Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson on May 2, 1863)


The Battle of Gettysburg, by Thure de Thulstrup

and Fredericksburg

The Battle of Fredericksburg by Kurz and Allison.

with a conjoined USA on the chest. The pipe retains its original surface and maintains a rich patina and a carbonized interior from use.

Folk Art Carved Ash Burl Civil War Pipe / Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg
Circa: 1865
Size: 2 1/2" x 2 1/4"

A type written note states, "This pipe was made from a tree root, hand carved by the Great Grandfather of Mrs. Marjorie Davis (Dodge) while he was in a Confederate prison. Civil War 1861-1865."

The battles represented on this pipe account for heavy, HEAVY casualities! 

Group of Engineers and Draughtsmen, headquarters, Army of the Potomac," and are sporting some fine smoking accouterments. (Library of Congress).

The Battle of Fredericksburg (December 11–15, 1862), commanded by General Lee and Major General Burnside is remembered as one of the most one-sided battles of the war, with Union casualties more than twice as those suffered by the Confederates. 


The Battle of Chancellorsville (April 30 - May 6, 1863) is considered Lee's greatest tactical victory with the Union Army suffering more than 18,000 casualties, however the Confederate's General Stonewall Jackson was shot and died weeks later as a result. 


The Battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863) where more than 57,000 Americans from both sides died or were wounded (including almost a third of General Lee's officers) is widely considered the decisive turning point for the Union.

Text and photos of pipe courtesy of Steven Powers.

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