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Object Name Stopper
Catalog Number 0985.07.00170b
Date 1850s
Description The stopper to an American made decanter is made of red flashed glass with concavities. Painted yellow flowers are in each concavity. The decanter (.170a) has the same decoration. The decanter and set of eight goblets in (0985.7.171-.171g) are referred to as Bohemian glass.
Dimensions H-13.5 inches
Owned Varina Banks Howell Davis; Edward V. Breeden
Provenance Varina Howell Davis had placed the decanter and eight goblets (0985.7.171-.171g) for sale (probably on consignment) in a Richmond store prior to the fall Richmond. Glassware of this description was advertised for sale in the March 24, 1865 Richmond Whig. Mr. Edward Breeden purchased the decanter and goblets at the store, and sent the money directly to Mrs. Davis -- but kept the glassware.

"Mrs. Jefferson Davis sent to a store in Richmond on 14th St. some of her household articles late in the winter of 1865 to be sold. My husband, Edward Breeden, bought the decanter and goblets with other things, and sent the money for them directly to Mrs. Davis at the Executive Mansion." (donor statement)
People Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Breeden, Edward V.
Search Terms Confederate Executive Mansion
Confederate White House
Executive Mansion
White House of the Confederacy
Richmond, Virginia
Subjects Sales, Secondhand