THREE PIECE PRESENTATION COIN SILVER TEA SERVICE

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Item Code: 30-1856

Produced by Monell & Williams, New York, circa 1823.  This superb set consists of a teapot, covered sugar and creamer, with elaborate sheaf-of-wheat finials, on lobed bodies.  Each piece carries the inscription, “Presented by the Boston Light Infantry to Capt. Mackintosh Jr. their esteemed friend and late Commander. Boston Nov. 1823”.  The tallest piece stands 9 ¼” in height. Maker’s mark is present on the bottom of the teapot and the covered sugar container.

A brief internet research revealed that Captain Peter Mackintosh, Jr. of Boston was a “shopkeeper, afterwards schoolmaster. A distinguished Commander of the Boston Light Infantry.”

While under his command, the unit was also responsible for coining the phrase “Three cheers and a tiger”: In 1822 the Boston Light Infantry, under Captain Mackintosh and Lieutenant Robert C. Winthrop, visited Salem, Massachusetts, and encamped in Washington Square. They loved rough-and-tumble sports, and one day a visitor exclaimed to one, who was more obstreperous than usual, "Oh, you tiger!" The phrase became a catch-word, a term of playful reproach. On the route to Boston some musical genius sang an impromptu line. "Oh, you tigers, don't you know," to the air of "Rob Roy McGregor, O!" The Tigers by name soon began to imitate the growl of their protonymic. At the end of three cheers a " tiger" was always called for.

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