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George III sterling silver two handled cup and cover with London date marks for 1765 and maker's mark IS or TS, engraved with 1837 inscription: Presented by The London Crow Club to T.D. Rice ( Thomas Dartmouth Rice ) Esq. The Original — This 26 of April 1837" along with several names, presumably club members, encircling the foot. A crest of a crow with motto "It is de caws" is engraved in the center. 11" H x 8 1/2" H. 28.075 ounces troy. Historical note: Thomas D. Rice (1808-1860), known as the Father of American Minstrels, was an American-born comedian, actor, and playwright. He became best known for his popular stage show in which he portrayed a fictional slave named "Jim Crow" – a name would become associated with racial segregation long after Rice's death. The character was first performed by Rice in Louisville, Kentucky in 1828. Rice toured both America and England to great acclaim, and his blackface song-and-dance act inspired numerous other blackface minstrel shows in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although Rice's shows would be considered offensive by present day audiences, in its day his humor was viewed as somewhat progressive — with Crow offering witty and sometimes profound remarks, and with some comedic barbs aimed at white authority figures. Rice's shows were performed for both black and white audiences. He also starred at Purdy's New National Theater on New York's Broadway in the title role in Uncle Tom's Cabin, a play based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's best-selling abolitionist novel. Rice died in 1860. Condition: Possible later decoration to cup, part of inscription "the original –" has been scratched out, some light waviness to edge of cover.