Coin silver repousse goblet, University of Virginia interest, presented to Lewis Minor Coleman (Virginia, 1827-1863), stamped mark on inner rim of base for Mitchell & Tyler (working Richmond, Virginia, 1845-1866). Goblet with heavy repousse leaf, grape and vine decorated bowl, the central engraved cartouche reading "To L. M. Coleman from The C. L. Society, 1853-4", raised on a naturalistic grapevine stem, with leaf, grape and vine repousse decorated foot. The C.L. Society likely refers to the Columbian Literary Society at the University of Virginia, organized circa 1850 and disbanded circa 1859. 7 1/8" H. 9.535 troy ounces. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN, by descent from Lewis Minor Coleman and his wife, Mary Ambler Marshall Coleman (daughter of James K. Marshall and granddaughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall (1755-1835); their son, Lewis M. Coleman Jr. was related to the family of U.S. War Secretary Major General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) by his marriage to Julia Wingate Boyd, daughter of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd. Annette was the daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and his wife Pamela August Gilman (1802-1880) and was the great- granddaughter of Gen. Dearborn on her mother's side). Biography: "Coleman, Lewis Minor, born in Hanover County, Virginia, February 3, 1827; graduated with high honors at the University of Virginia, in 1846, and became principal of the Hanover Academy; in 1859, upon the resignation of Dr. Harrison from the chair of ancient languages in the University of Virginia, Mr. Coleman, who had been a pupil of Dr. Harrison, was elected professor of Latin, and relinquished his position in the Hanover Academy to accept the same; he served in that capacity but for two years, for in 1861, at the outbreak of the civil war, he joined the ranks of the Confederate army, in which he enlisted as captain of an artillery company which he recruited; he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel of artillery in 1862; at the battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, he was severely wounded, and after three months died from his injury, March 21, 1863". (Source: "The Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography:, Volume III, by Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D., 1915). CONDITION: Overall very good condition with minor indention to one side of body.
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