2 items. 1st item: English George II sterling silver sauce boat, John Marshall and possibly George Washington association. Sauce or gravy boat of Rococo style design with scalloped rim, C scroll handle and three shell shaped feet with shell shoulders; the side engraved with coat of arms. Hallmarked on underside for Robert Innes, London, 1748-49 with additional engraved monogram letters D / R C. 5″ H x 4 3/8″ D x 8″ L. 11.170 troy ounces. Accompanying this lot is a copy of a 1973 letter written by Charles Boyd Coleman to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger, referring to a sauceboat given to John Marshall by George Washington which has descended in the Coleman family. An additional letter from Charles Boyd Coleman regarding the Marshall-Wythe-Blackstone ceremonies from September 25, 1954 lists a “Silver gravy boat engraved with modified version of Washington arms and given to Marshall we understand in appreciation for helping settle estate of father of George Washington.” (see attached scan). Note: Case wishes to thank Henry L.P. Beckwith, consultant to the Heraldry Society Community, for assistance in tentatively identifying the coat of arms as that of the Bassett Family (a report of his findings may be obtained by emailing us at email@example.com) . The Bassett family of Virginia and the Washington family were close friends and relations. Martha Washington’s niece, Fanny Bassett (1767-1796), daughter of Burwell Bassett and Anna Maria Dandridge, came to live at Mount Vernon around 1780, after the death of her mother, and was considered a daughter by Martha. Fanny married George Washington’s favorite nephew, George Augustine Washington (1759-1793), and the young couple made their home at Mount Vernon, helping to manage the plantation until their untimely deaths. George Washington was the executor for the will of George Augustine Washington (who was named after the father President Washington). 2nd item: Red velvet top coat remnant, purportedly belonging to George Washington, now sewn into the form of a sphere. Hand written note included with item states that it passed from “Cousin Lizzie, granddaughter of John Adams to his first —— grandmother Susan D H Boyd”. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Both items descended in the family of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd, daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and great granddaughter of Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) on the side of her mother, Pamela Augusta Gilman (1802-1880). Annette was married to Charles Harrod Boyd and had four children, including Julia Wingate Boyd (wife of Lewis M. Coleman, Jr.). Lewis M. Coleman, Jr. was the son of CSA Lt. Colonel Lewis M. Coleman and Mary Ambler Marshall, granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835), fourth Chief Justice of the United States, a friend, attorney and biographer of George Washington. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall general surface wear, indentations to inside bowl at rear feet joint. 2nd item: As found condition.
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