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Lot 0058
Antique wood and copper mounted pistol, letter and or campaign box. Features elaborate copper inlay as well as ebony set in the mahogany base. The lid features the image of a steamer ship. Reads "SS Cornubia 1860". The SS Cornubia was laid down in November 1856 and built in Hayle, Cornwall, by Harvey & Co. She was launched in February 1858 as a packet ship and ferry for the Hayle and Bristol Steam Packet Company. Sleek and painted white, with two funnels mounted close together amidships and with a high bridge over her paddle wheels, she plied the Hayle/St Ives to Bristol route in the days when the Great Western Railway had not penetrated as far as West Cornwall. During the American Civil War, agents for the Confederacy purchased Cornubia in November 1861 and took her over the Atlantic where she was officially renamed Lady Davis though by all accounts her old name Cornubia was also commonly used. Opens to a central compartment with sections of red velvet lining. Measures 10" x 18 1/2" x 3 1/2". Good/Fair overall condition with age related wear, no key, and possibly missing interior components. Hill Auction Gallery in house continental USA domestic shipping $65 plus insurance.

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1860 SS Cornubia Copper & Mahogany Wood Pistol Box

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Feb 27, 2019