@antiquesilver_com Put this one on your radar. Sells on Saturday @nealauction Important New Orleans Coin Silver Presentation Pitcher and Goblet, Adolphe Himmel (1825/6-1877) for Hyde & Goodrich, wc. 1853-1861, c. 1860, incised mark "H" between "Hyde & Goodrich" in arc and "New Orleans" in arc, the pitcher engraved in high relief with central cartouche surrounded by flowers; the goblet engraved in high relief with four shield-shaped cartouches separated by high relief floral garlands, both inscribed "Presented to Maj. GenL. N.P. Banks, Com dg Dept of the Gulf, by the Teachers and Pupils of the Public Schools of New Orleans, Jefferson City, Gretna and Algiers" and "Commemorative of the Capture of Port Hudson, July 8, 1863", pitcher h. 9 5/8 in., goblet h. 6 1/2 in., combined total wt. 34.8 ozs. Provenance: Williamson-LeBlanc Collection, Cornstalk Fence House, New Orleans. Note: General Nathaniel P. Banks succeeded the notorious General Benjamin F. "Spoons" Butler as Commander of the Department of the Gulf in late 1862 and would remain in that position until fall of 1864.
These presentation pieces honor Banks for his army's capture of the Confederate garrison at Port Hudson on July 8, 1863, and were presented by the teachers and pupils of the public schools of the New Orleans area. That same month, Banks had ordered his Chief Quartermaster to turn over all books and engravings captured by the Army to the New Orleans Public School Libraries. Daily Picayune, August 1, 1863, p.1.
The Daily Picayune of August 16, 1863 reports an event honoring Banks which was hosted by the Union school teachers and school children at The Lyceum. The Hall is described as "richly draped with flags, garlands and evergreens, and the name of Gen. Banks, with the victories achieved by him, appeared in living green upon the walls." The Daily Picayune also reports the presentation of "a silver salver, tankard and goblet." Daily Picayune, August 16, 1863, p. 3. The presentation pitcher and goblet offered here are almost assuredly that "tankard and goblet." #antiquesilver #neworleans #antiques #antiqueauctions #silver #silverpitcher #silvergoblet #civilwar #auctions