Anthony Rasch coin silver beaker or small liquor cup, marked ".RASCH" in rectangle (mark partially rubbed, attributed to Anthony Rasch, working New Orleans, 1821-d. 1858). Double threaded rim, plain sides tapering to a foot with band of gadrooning over molded outer edge. Seamed construction. Inscription reads "H.R.W. Hill to L.(or S).M. Barner 1828". Note: according to oral history, this small liquor cup was given by Henry (Harry) Rufus Willie Hill (1793-1853), a steamboat builder and cotton and sugar merchant with plantations in Louisiana and Middle Tennessee, to Steamboat Captain Sterling Barner (1792-1862) in appreciation for getting him from Tennessee to New Orleans in record time. Barner was the Captain of the second steamboat ever to reach Nashville, Tenn. in 1820. He was considered to be one of the best pilots of the early days. He married Sarah Jane West of Nashville in 1838. 2.475 oz troy, 2-3/4"H. Provenance: Private Arkansas Collection. Condition: Later engraving; dents and small solder repair to underside, scattered small dents to sides, dent with small tear to rim.
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