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Scrimshaw tooth, 2-1/2" x 3-1/4" x 1", with a large image of "James Madison on one side, and a naval battle "Chasseur and St. Lawrence" on the other. Fine. On February 26, 1815, just off Havana, Chasseur met an unidentified ship, which was the English, but American-built, schooner HMS St Lawrence. Chasseur fired a gun and showed her colors while still about three miles away; when the other ship did not show her colors Chasseur started the chase. She carried 14 guns and 102 men, while St. Lawrence carried 13 guns and 75 men, including officers, soldiers, and civilians bound to the British squadron off New Orleans. At about 1:26pm, when the schooners were close to each other, St. Lawrence revealed her armament and uniformed sailors and opened fire, catching Chasseur off guard. Chasseur was able to close St. Lawrence and a number of Americans, led by the prize master N. W. Christie, jumped aboard St Lawrence. The intense action that followed lasted only about 15 minutes during which St Lawrence suffered six men killed and 17 wounded, several of them mortally. (According to American accounts, the English had 15 killed and 25 wounded.) Chasseur had five killed and eight wounded; Boyle was among the wounded. Both vessels were badly damaged. Captain Boyle made a cartel of St Lawrence and sent her and her crew into Havana as his prize.
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James Madison Carved Tooth With Naval Battle

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Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,430.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Auction closed on Friday, February 28, 2020.
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