Ordered by General Samuel P. Carter, who was posted to China in the 1850's. Born in Elizabethtown, Tennessee in 1819 Carter enlisted after graduating from Princeton. He was made Lieutenant in 1855 and in 1856 assisted in the capture of the Barrier Posts at Canton. He became a hero of the Civil War, having been made a Brigadier General and leader of the Tennessee volunteers in 1862. He left the Army in 1866 as a Major General, and then joined the Navy, becoming a Rear Admiral in 1882 - one of the only Americans ever to achieve this dual distinction. He died in Washington DC May 26, 1891.
Other leading Americans who ordered initialled services in this style include William H. Seward, Governor of New York 1838-42 and then U.S. Senator, and Ulysses S. Grant, whose service of nearly 300 pieces was delivered to the White House shortly after his 1869 inauguration, as reported by D.S. Howard, New York and the China Trade, nos. C121-3