1852 - 1856
Overall: 1 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 10 3/8 in. ( 3.2 x 35.9 x 26.4 cm )
Cast and wrought silver presentation salver; oval tray with convex sides with an applied, die-rolled foliate band around the rim; center of the tray engraved with foliate scrolls that form two cartouches one above the other; top cartouche engraved, "Presented by the/ Officers of the 5th Regiment/ to their Col./ Christian Schwarzwaelder,/ on his birthday./ Dec. 13th.. 1856;/ as a token of their esteem of him as an/ Officer, and a Man." in script above an engraving of an American shield, drum, cannon and cannon balls surrounded by draped U.S. flags and spears; four cast foliate scroll feet applied to the base; makers' marks stamped on the underside of the rim.
Bequest of Mrs. Louise A. Spies Sinclair
Inscription: engraved obverse with two reserves of cartouches containing inscriptions, both surrounded by mantling of foliate scrolls, which cover remainder of surface face: "Presented by the/ Officers of the 5th Regiment/ to thier Col./ ChristianSchwarzwaelder,/ on his birthday./ Dec. 13th.. 1856;/ as a token of their esteem of him as an/ Officer, and a Man." in script. Mark: stamped on the underside of the rim: "BALL BLACK& Co" in a banner between an eagle in a circle and "WF" in a rectangle all over "NEW YORK" in a rectangle Engraving: bottom cartouche has interior engraving of scene of American flags, cannon and cannon balls, shiled of United States flag, weapons, drum.
This salver was presented to Colonel Christian Schwarzwaelder on his birthday by the Officers of the Fifth Regiment. The donor was his grandaughter.
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