Historically Important Sterling Silver Compote
Edward Fitzgerald "Ned" Beale (February 4, 1822- April 22, 1893) was a national figure in 19th Century America. he was a naval officer, military general, explorer, frontiersman, Indian Affairs superintendent, California rancher, diplomat, and friend to Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill Cody and Ulysses S. Grant. He fought in the Mexican-American War, emerging as a hero of the Battle of San Pasqual in 1846. He achieved national fame in 1848 in carrying to the East the first gold samples from California, contributing to the Gold Rush.
This sterling silver compote is dated 1854 and engraved with the following inscription: "Presented to Lt. Edward F. Beale from those who served under him during his administration of Indian Affairs in California. A tribute of affection and respect to one whose plan for Indian civilization was conceived in the purist spirit of philanthropy, pursued with self sacrificing devotion and energy and crowned with the most preeminent success"
Silver weight 42.29167 Troy Ounce. Manufactured by Bailey & Co. Chestnut St. Philadelphia. Stamped hallmarks of Eagle, "U" , Elephant and Shield. Date 1854
10" Diameter. 8" Height