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Civil War Sea Captain's Antique Beaver Top Hat & Carrying Case
This Fine Relic Has Been
Sold. Thank you!
CIVIL WAR SEA CAPTAIN'S ANTIQUE
BEAVER SKIN TOP HAT AND CARRYING CASE
The Hat is
in Near New Condition!
Hat Initials F.
Made by Dunlap &
Case 13 1/4" L x 11 1/2" H x 12
1/4" W Sold by Bazur de Voyage, New York
is an antique beaver top
hat made by Dunlap & Company for sea captain, Spiro V.
Bennis, who saw service in the Civil War as acting master of the
USS Antona, Aroostook & Stockdale, which operated mostly in
Mobile Bay. He also took part in the Fish River expedition of 1864.
Afterwards he served as captain of the New
York & Cuba Mail Steamship Co's., and SS
Niagara when she was returned to the Wards Line after the
Spanish American War. The Beaver
top hat comes with a Victorian style Leatherette caring case that
was sold by Bazur de Voyage of New York City.
It is very unusual to
have a top hat of this quality with a known provenance of a
distinguished sea captain. It makes an outstanding find and
Front, back and three quarter side views of
the captain's beaver skin top hat
CONDITION HAT: The hat is in excellent
condition and shows very little evidence of wear. On the left side
at the center are two narrow one inch vertical areas of roughness
which may be natural, but must be mentioned. The sweat band is in
excellent condition and has the initials F VB punched in small holes.
There is a apace between the F and VB so the F might not be an
initial. The top of the cream silk liner has collected some dust
that does not blow out. There is an air hole at the top. The exterior
band and the interior small bow are also in near new condition. The number 1912 under the sweat band is not a
date since he died in 1892. There are other numbers and letters, but no
size. We determined the size by measurement.
The exterior of
the leatherette case has significant age related losses mostly
on the lid
CARRYING CASE: The top of the
lid has dried out leatherette with many cracks and missing pieces. The
outside of the case is in much better condition, but shows numerous
marks of use. There is a leather strap that ran from the bottom of the
case at the midpoint and secure at the top of the lid. It is missing.
The inside of the case is in good condition and all of the material is
is an original
watercolor painting by the famous artist, Fredrick S. Cozzens of the
SS Niagara just as she was joining the U.S. Navy for service in the
Spanish American War. It is in our collection of Fine
RATE SHIPPING to 48 contiguous
UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE
GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied
purchase, it may be returned, if without damage, within five days of
receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for
their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is
required. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the
continental United States and are refundable if due to our
International buyers welcome, but must inquire
first. You are responsible for knowing your country's import
laws covering edged weapons. We have satisfied customers in Argentina,
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