Antique coin silver cup / cann / mug / drinking vessel with an amazing story. It has inscriptions related to prominent 19th Century families in the New York City area. The cann is of classic shape, cylindrical body and has a double scroll hollow handle. It is decorated with upper and lower triple raised bands, applied beaded borders under the rim and above the base. The body is engraved center front in ornate script Charlietta with initials C.G.H. underneath. All evidence points to the fact that the mug belonged to Charlietta G. H. Wildey (b. circa 1856) and was given to her by Charles Gerard Havens (1808-1888), a prominent New York lawyer, real estate investor, art collector, benefactor and life-long bachelor. Charlietta's middle initials G. H. stand for Gerard Havens which is evidence of the presence of Charles G Havens in her life since birth, most likely as her Godfather who gave this cup to her as a Christening present. Genealogical information is contradictory as it lists Havens as her father on her first wedding record (in 1873 at age 18 to Englishman Henry Mapleson) and as her uncle in later records. On her second wedding record (in 1878 to William Tilden) Henry Wildey appears as her father which is consistent with her maiden name. Charlietta and her second husband lived with Charles G. Havens in his Manhattan house after their marriage. Charles died a millionaire and left a considerable part of his fortune to charity. His will was contested by some members of his family which resulted in considerable publicity at the time. Charlietta's prior marriage to Henry Mapleson, eldest son of the manager of the Royal Opera, was brief and ended in divorce on account of Mr. Mapleson’s alleged refusal to support his wife, and other reasons. A notice of her marriage was published in London at the time and referred to Miss Charlietta Wildey as one of the wealthiest and handsomest belles of New York. We have seen similar items made by jeweler and silversmith James Conning, New York City, circa 1840. Conning was a New York-born silversmith that moved his business c. 1841 to Alabama after marrying into a wealthy Mobile family. There he developed a thriving business and became well known as a master swords craftsman. This is a fine, thick and substantial silver piece with a rich history. In good used condition with age wear, pinpoints, dents and imperfections as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: body is 3.25" tall by 3" diameter at the base by 4.25" at widest point (including handle); 2 7/8" lip diameter approximately. Weight: 5.48 ounces. or 155 grams.