American, ca 1854. A coin silver presentation pitcher, having a scrolled acanthus handle and beaded decoration, with central reserve engraved "Presented to / Charles A.L. Lamar / BY / The Georgia Hussars. / A TOKEN OF RESPECT / FOR / their late commander. / 1854," flanked by punched and engraved American flags, and repoussé decoration of a military encampment including a bugler on horseback, tents, and a sentry outside a sentry box, the neck with engraved shield, flags and cannons. Unmarked; ht. 15.75 in. (including handle), wt. 35.225ozt (1095.5g).
Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar (1824-1865) was a prominent businessman and citizen of Savannah, Georgia. Lamar was named captain of the Georgia Hussars, Savannah's primary militia group, in 1851. He was the most notable investor in the ship Wanderer, notorious as a blockade runner importing African slaves to the South well after it was outlawed. After a brief period as lieutenant colonel of the 7th Georgia Battalion at the start of the Civil War, Lamar returned to blockade running, working alongside his father in Savannah. In 1865, he joined the Confederate Army again, serving as colonel under General Howell Cobb during the Battle of Columbus. Lamar was killed in this battle, days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and is known to be the last member of the Confederacy killed during the Civil War.
Dents to body, concave and convex, particularly to presentation reserve.
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