Original U.S. Civil War Era Bronze “Sea Monster” Door Knocker with Mounting Fixture Named to Confederate Navy Captain James W. Cooke (1812-1869)
Original Item: One of a Kind. This is a very impressive item, just as it was removed from a Civil War era front door. Measuring 9" overall, top to bottom, and very heavy (about 4lbs). This bronze door knocker came from the Portsmouth, Virginia home of Confederate Naval Captain James Wallace Cooke, and has a silver plaque on the mounting bushing that reads: CAP'T JAMES W. COOKE.
Cooke was born in 1812 and joined the U.S. NAVY as a Midshipment at an early age in 1828. In 1861 he resigned his Lieutenant's commission in the U.S. Navy, and joined the CONFEDERATE NAVY, where he was promoted to "CAPTAIN" in 1864. Cook then took command of the CONFEDERATE NAVAL FORCES in North Carolina until the final surrender in April 1865. He retired to PORTSMOUTH, Virginia until his death in 1869.
A truly splendid and rare item from an old Civil War Collection. Ready for further research and display!
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