Gratiot Street Prison "Cotton-stone" Folk Art Carved Pipe, Missouri

Carved "cotton-stone" pipe, approx. 1.5 in. tall. Low-relief designs on three sides of bowl show two crossed flags over a shield with foliage, dated and printed with text: "1862 / CSA"; a flag flying aloft; and a right hand with cuffed sleeve framed with foliage beneath a heart at top. Incised text on three sides of stem reading, "McDowell," "College," and "W.R. Harper." McDowell Medical College in St. Louis, MO was converted to a military prison operated by the Union army in December 1861. The prison, which not only held Confederate prisoners of war, but also spies, guerrillas, and disloyal civilians, was still known as McDowell College until mid-1862, when it was rechristened Gratiot Street Military Prison.


Staining and wear to designs on either side of bowl, consistent with use

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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