11-21-2004 11-21-2004
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2256 Boston
November 21, 2004 11:00AMCalender

Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1809-1894)

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2256 Location: Boston Date / Time: November 21, 2004 11:00AM


Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1809-1894), Autograph quotation signed, dated Boston, June 15th, 1877, one page, the third and final stanza from "Old Ironsides," "Oh, better that her shattered bulk/ Should sink beneath the wave;/Her thunders shook the mighty deep,/And there should be her grave;/ Nail to the mast her holy flag,/ Set every threadbare sail,/ And give her to the god of storms,/The lightning and the gale!," framed, (folds, mat toning). Note: By repute, this patriotic poem saved the USS Constitution from being scrapped in the 19th century.
Estimate $400-600