Overall: 10 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 7 3/8 in. ( 26 x 23.5 x 18.7 cm )
Wrought and cast silver loving cup; conical cup seated on a circular pedestal with inset bands of foliate decoration; joint covered by a repouss
Gift of Mr. Townsend M. McAlpin
stamped: on the base: "TIFFANY & Co/ 10656 MAKERS 3385/ STERLING SILVER/ 925-1000/ T" engraved: front of cup: "1870-October-1895/ Major genral Edwin A. McAlpin,/ from the officers of the / Seventh Regimant N.G.N.Y." in script
The tradition of the silver (25th) Wedding Anniversary is at least three centuries old and may have originated in Germany. Edwin A. McAlpin (1848-1917) was presented this loving cup by the officers of the Seventh Regiment, New York, on the occassion of his twenty-fifth anniversary of service. As a teenager, McAlpin attempted to enlist in the Union army, but was discharged for being underage. He finally joined the Seventh Regiment, known as the "silk stocking" regiment, in 1869.
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