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    Sale 2091

    Important American Silver

    17 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 151

    A SILVER CUP OF SOUTHERN INTEREST

    MARK OF W. H. CALHOUN, NASHVILLE, TN, CIRCA 1846

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    A SILVER CUP OF SOUTHERN INTEREST
    MARK OF W. H. CALHOUN, NASHVILLE, TN, CIRCA 1846
    Of tapering cylindrical form, ribbed scrolling handle, rim and base with floral border, body engraved with inscription Presented to Henry Lander Farnsworth by Mrs. William Lander. Nov. 8th 1846, marked on base, also marked Pure Silver Coin
    3½ in. high; 2 oz. 10 dwt.


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    W.H. Calhoun (working c. 1835-1865) was trained in silversmithing in Philadelphia. He became Nashville's most prolific smith, also retailing silver from New York and Philadelphia. This cup, engraved with an inscription from 1846, is struck W. H. Calhoun, postdating the partnership of Calhoun and Flowers of 1840-1844. See Benjamin Hubbard Caldwell, Jr. Tennessee Silversmiths, pp. 49-53.