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Item sold by James D. Julia auctions on October 2007 for : $9,200.00

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"COLT NAVY CARRIED BY CAPTAIN THOMAS CHUBB OF THE CONFEDERATE SCHOONER ROYAL YACHT. SN 23167. This wonderful condition model 1851 Colt Navy was recently found in the state of Vermont where Chubb died at his summer home in 1886. Chubb’s son had a business of manufacturing fishing rods and reels with the Thomas H. Chubb brand, which are highly collectible today. This business was near Chubb’s summer home in Post Mills, Vermont. The commemorative inscription on backstrap of gun reads “CAPT T. H. CHUBB, 1861-1865” and “CSN ROYAL YACHT” back of triggerguard. Accompanying this gun is a large folio of history which tells us more than has been published in texts on the Confederate Navy. Thomas Moebs, in his definitive Confederate Navy volume, knows little of Chubb's life or service, though his record on the Royal Yacht and his exchange from Ft. LaFayette are mentioned. From the attached records; Chubb is listed as being Commodore “born in 1811 of good old Revolutionary stock and within the very shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument where his parents and grandparents lived”. Chubb in his 80th year “was one of the most sprightly participants in the Bunker Hill celebration which took place on June 17, 1890”. Thomas Chubb had a long history with the sea and various navies. “Mr. Chubb left his Puritan Home when a mere boy, contrary to the wishes of his parents, and engaged as cabin boy on a coasting schooner, next on board of a man of war, and was soon a full fledged seamen. When the United States squadron was ordered to the Mediterranean in 1827, Chubb was numbered among the crew of the flagship JAVA under the command of Commodore Crane. A call for volunteers to man the US schooner PORPOISE against the Greek Pirates that were preying upon American merchant men in the Mediterranean was responded to by Chubb. The cruise offered sufficient site of bloodshed and carnage to fully appease the young man's desire for naval combat. In 1838, Captain Chubb, then in the very prime of manhood and abundantly supplied with wealth, became so earnestly aroused in behalf of the Texans in their struggle for independence that he loaded the Brigg, CECELIA, with munitions of war and sailed for Texas In 1839 he established a head-right in Texas, his family joining him the same year coming from Massachusetts. He was appointed superintendent of public construction by Sam Houston (who was a warm friend of the Captains) He continued in this service until the outbreak of the Civil War, when the association’s pilot boats were all captured by the blockading fleet, excepting the Royal Yacht. Though an Eastern man by birth and education, he was a Southern man by adoption and inclination; at the secession of his state he took up arms in defense of his rights and his property with the same determination that characterized his whole life. He was one of the first men afloat in the Confederate Navy, and his vessel, the ROYAL YACHT played an important part through the entire war”. Captain Chubb was involved in the capture of the federal steamer STAR OF THE WEST which was taken as a prize and sent to New Orleans. The Royal Yacht was commissioned on the 9th of September 1861 and was attacked by the enemy on the eighth day of November following. This attack, near Galveston, from the USS Santee overwhelmed Captain Chubb 100 U.S sailors to 13 aboard the ROYAL YACHT. When the attack was first made, there were only two men on the deck, one of whom was slightly wounded. The noise of the attack soon brought Captain Chubb and Captain William Saunders to the deck and they alone stood combating against a hundred men. The fight was a desperate one and lasted until all the means of defense on the YACHT were exhausted. Their shots had told with effect on the enemy, killing seven of them, and wounding eight others, some mortally”. Captain Chubb was placed on the Santee, transported to New York where he and his men were marched in irons through the streets…. they were afterward sent to Fort Lafayette….. Chubb was later exchanged….” and upon arriving in Texas he was met by any most cheering reception by the citizens of Houston and was asked to tell the story of his capture and confinement…..Upon reaching Galveston…. was lionized as hero of one of the most gallant fights of the war. It was this engagement that gave Jewett his promotion and cost the warmest friendship between Admiral Jewett and Commodore Chubb. Commodore Chubb continued in the fight as long as there was a ray of hope left, and contributed freely of his ample means. But when Lee surrendered he was among the first to step back to the old standard of the Stars & Stripes….. soon after the close of the war he was appointed by Mayor Bolton and Alderman of the city of Galveston to the office of harbor master at the port of Galveston which office he held until his death” at his summer home in Vermont. Chubb is buried in Galveston, Texas. CONDITION: This gun is mechanically fine, tight with sharp edges in as found condition.  Gun overall is gray with scattered pitting over 20 or 30% bright blue on bbl.  Cyl scene is complete but with scattered pitting.  Backstrap and triggerguard retained a portion of their silver-plate.  Stocks are very good with much orig varnish, a small chip is present on inside toe of left stock. 4-32838 JS352 (10,000-20,000)"

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