This was an amazing piece that came with ownership history. It was a gift from the Queen of England to a US captain who lended aid to a British ship in distress in 1866. Not only was the end-cap engraved but it also had the original letter of recognition and even a family tree of the individual. This should be in a museum and I assume the buyer will treasure it as such. I suspect it could have sold for more had we fished for a bit, but the opening bid of $1,000 was certainly fair.