USS Connecticut Spanish American War / Great White Fleet commemorative items relating to John Addison Baxter Smith (1843-1918), U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and his son, John Baxter Smith, U.S. Navy Paymaster. Addison Baxter SmithÃs early career included serving blockade duty on the USS Housatonic during the blockade of Charleston in the Civil War. He survived after the ship destroyed by a Confederate torpedo. In his later years, he served as the head of steam engineering at the New York Naval Yard and was charged with building the machinery for the battleship Connecticut. 1st grouping 4 brass and metal souvenir cannons stamped, USS Connecticut Sept. 29, 1904? on each cannon. 2 1/4? W x 3? H. 2nd grouping 2 sterling souvenir spoons, 1 of Navy Sailor holding rifle and marked Navy, 5 3/8? L, other of sailing vessel marked Olympia and profile of Commodore Dewey, 4 3/4? L (1.13 total oz troy). 3rd item Large Commemorative sterling charger, engraved en verso From the Ward Room Officers USS Connecticut December 7th 1914?, retailed by Bailey, Banks & Biddle, monogrammed S, 12 1/8? diameter (21.24 oz troy). 4th item Gorham silver-plated dinner fork and knife, monogrammed USN en verso and with eagle emblem on front, 7 7/8? L and 9 1/2?L. 5th item Sterling silver cigarette case with the monogram of John Baxter Smith (U.S. Navy Paymaster) and a list of Naval ships including the USS Vermont, Princeton, and Connecticut (3.2 oz troy). 6th item Large Gelatin toned silver print titled lower left The U.S.S. Connecticut Copyright 1907 by Enrique Muller (reference: Enriques Robert Muller, Battleships of the United States Navy, New York, 1912). Note with the print, USS Connecticut Flagship of Atlantic Fleet 1914 last ship that John A. B. Smith served on . 17 1/2?W x 15?H sight, 23 1/2?W x 21 1/2?H framed. 7th grouping three Great White fleet medals including 2 medals depicting the flags of the US and Japan and the date 1908, one having the flags enameled only, the second medal having the leaves surround and ribbon enameled in addition to the flags. Japanese hallmark on anchor base verso. The third medal with a propeller hasp and the medal depicting Admirals Sperry and Togo on the face and the lines, On arrival of U.S. Fleet Yokohama Oct. 1908 and the profile of an American warship. An attached note, Medal given your Grandfather John Addison Baxter Smith when the Great White Fleet went around the world 1908?. All items late 19th/early 20th century. Total weight of all sterling silver: 25.57 oz troy. Condition: 1st grouping – excellent. 2nd grouping – bowl of Navy spoon has minor bend. 3rd item – surface scratches and fleabites. 4th item – pitting and oxidation to knife blade. 5th item – some denting to case. 6th item – some toning to photographic print, a couple of stains to matting near print edge. 7th item – overall very good condition with expected wear, minor wear to enamel.
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