Of presidential interest – Covered sterling silver serving dish. Made by Bailey & Co. in Philadelphia. Ovoid bowl with turned-down and scalloped leaf rim, scrolled leaf-wrapped branch handles, and 4 leaf-mounted volute-scroll supports. Domed cover with leaf-mounted and leaf-wrapped scrolled branch handles. Engraved, stippled, and repousse flowers and scrolls. Scrolled frames. One is engraved with interlaced script monogram; the other with script presentation: The Democrats of Savannah / to / Franklin Pierce / President of the United States / from 1853 to 1857.
Franklin Pierce was a one-term Democratic president. He was from the North (New Hampshire), but took the Southern side in many important issues in the years before the Civil War. He supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which allowed the settlers in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide if slavery were to be allowed. When violence broke out, he sent troops in support of the pro-slavery settlers. He also opposed the abolitionists, writing early in his career, “This abolition movement must be crushed or there is an end to the Union.” After the war, he negotiated better treatment for Jefferson Davis, who served in his cabinet before becoming President of the Confederacy.
This piece testifies to Pierce’s enduring popularity in the Old South. Hallmarked. Very good condition.
Dimensions: H 9 3/8 x W 15 3/8 x D 9 3/8 in. Weight: 56.5 troy ounces. #BQ708