Cup and saucer in shadow box
box: 10 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 4 in. ( 26 x 36.8 x 10.2 cm )
Cylindrical cup with flaring lip and strap handle; cup and saucer decorated with floral gilding and gilded borders.
Gift of Mr. Laurence Eyre
inscribed: on back of box: "During the American War for Independence General Lafayette was a guest at the home of Daria Copeland on Main Street in Chester, Pa. During his second and last visit to America, I do not know if the General stayed in Chester or not. But at this time, a large dinner was tendered to him by Col. Thomas Anderson at his residence on 4th Street. For this occasion Col. Anderson went to Philadelphia and purchased chocolet (sic) set of the new and fashionable china manufactured in Philadelphia. The cup from which Lafayette had drunk was marked and set aside by Miss Maria Baxter who kept house for her uncle Col. Anderson. It was always known as 'the Lafayette cup'. As a very old lady Miss Baxter gave the cup and saucer to my aunt Natalie R. Stacey who in turn gave it to me." Laurence Eyre
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