Pewter Fluid Lamp Base with Memorial Engraving, America, early 19th century, the columnar top with molded foot on a stepped slightly canted square valanced base, decorated allover with engraved and wrigglework borders and stars, the four panels of the base depicting a cannon, crossed flags, a Union shield, and the initials "BB" over the date 1863 flanked by leafy sprigs, (imperfections),ht. 6 3/4, wd. 3 1/4, dp. 3 1/4 in.
Note: This pewter lamp base, now used as a candlestick, is thought to have been engraved by its owner, in memory of a Union soldier with the initials B.B. killed during the Civil War in 1863, possibly at Gettysburg.
dents to columnar section, dent to base panel showing the Union shield, minor damage to two feet, scratches and signs of wear throughout.
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