This antique cigar holder is a rare piece of American history. It was the personal property of Samuel G. Ives who was born in Lansing, N.Y., Dec. 21, 1812. Mr. Ives was a prominent member and fund raiser of the 19th century Republican party. He served for sixteen years as justice of the peace. In 1845 he was instrumental in raising a company of cavalry and was commissioned by Governor Ransom as "Captain of Livingston Troops," which position he retained until the disbanding of the company. Mr. Ives was the first Republican representative from Livingston County in the State Legislature elected in 1854 and re-elected in 1856. During the late war Mr. Ives was instrumental in raising many soldiers for the Union armies, giving freely of his time, money, and influence. He was particularly prominent in raising men for the 26th Regiment of Michigan Infantry, in which command his son Maj. L. H. Ives of Mason, Mich. served with distinction and honor. He was Presidential elector on the Republican State ticket in 1872. The cigar holder is ornately carved on the front with two African figures and the word cigars in relief and on the back is an intricate design with Samuel G. Ives carved in relief and measures 3 3/4 inches at the widest point by 3 inches tall not including the original wooden base. It is in excellent condition with what appears to be a silver or silver plate rim around the top and was presented to Mr.Ives in token of appreciation for one of the many generous deeds that he performed during his life.
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