Spanish American War Presentation Goblet to Captain of USS Maine
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I am proud to offer the ultimate historical piece of Spanish American American War memorabilia in the original presentation goblet to the Captain of the U.S.S.Maine.
Here is what I know of the Sigsbee goblet. While there were a lot of "Presentation Cups" created in tribute to Captain Sigsbee after the sinking of the USS MAINE, that is not what you have here. In March, of 1897, Sigsbee was suddenly promoted to Captain, and very quickly given the command over the ill-fated USS MAINE. Captain Sigsbee suddenly found himself commanding a good number of the same men with whom he had fought on other ships during the Great War. The goblet was a very smart thing for the crew of the MAINE to do, to deflate any concerns Sigsbee might have concerning whether they felt he was fit to command the same men with whom he'd only just served. So they banded together and had the goblet made, while one of the seaman actually did the painting. As Captain Sigsbee was officially whistled aboard his new ship, the men then presented him with the glass, which is why the smaller copy presentation drinking glasses became so popular, because of the one I now have, the real original. It was their way of saying that they new he deserved to post, and it was likely the one and only thing that made him feel welcome on that poor ship. It was being used as such a political pawn, that sort of commitment had to have meant the world to a Captain in his position, The goblet was discussed in some of the letters that the men sent home to their families. He is said to have used it on those few occasions when he set at table with the other officers, and that by drinking out of it, he was, in his own way, showing them that they deserved a presence at the table, as well.
I have been told that there is a photograph of Captain Sigsbee where he is sitting at his Captain's table/desk, while in the background, you are supposed to just be able to make out the goblet sitting with a number of other personal items. I have located at least one such photos where you can see the type of stand mentioned, but the image is not clear enough for me to tell just what all is there. I have not stopped searching for additional images of the Captain's cabin that might show it more clearly.
The goblet came into possession of the former owner in as best a way as one could hope. he got it through C. C. Sparks. I do not know if anyone out there remember's C. C. or not, but the goblet came out of his personal collection (he was a serious Civil War collector). Since C.C. Sparks ran an important antique and fine arts shop in the New York area, and provided numerous appraisals to important collectors, auction houses, museums, and galleries. If C.C. said something was true, then you just darn well believe that was- is. C.C. is said to have been present when many of the items that eventually made their way into his collection were pulled from the bottom of the ocean. The goblet is said to have been one that really captured his eye. I believe C. C. also owned a copy of that photo showing the goblet in the background, so if it was out there once. there is still some likelihood it can be found again.
I have included a copy photo of Captain Sigsbee with the goblet. The goblet itself is of high quality glass with a everything about it as right as rain. Without question given it's weight, quality and gold leaf trim it was purchased by the men of the U.S.S.Maine from a fine jewelry store.
The Goblet stands 9" inches tall and is 3" 5/8 wide across the top. The finest piece of Spanish American War artifact you will ever see offered. It was the sinking of the U.S.S.Maine that triggered the Span-Am War. A ship that will be forever part of American & World History Folklore.
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