Lot 1061

Previous image preload Next image preload


Rare B&O Railroad coin silver presentation hot water urn by Kirk & Son Maryland, dated 30th June 1866, architectural form repousse-chased with stag hunt scene, figural spout and flanked by ram's head handles, underside marked: Kirk & Son;
H23 1/2" W10", and 101.5oz troy
the verso engraved with dedication:
Presented to Wm. Prescott Smith, Master of Transportation by the Employe's [sic] of the B&O RRd Co. as a testimonial of their esteem, June 30th, 1866.

Provenance: Estate of the late Francis D. "Skeeter" McNairy, Savannah, Georgia.

Literature: Bain, William E., B&O IN THE CIVIL WAR (from the papers of William Prescott Smith) Sage Books, 1966.

Other Notes: William Prescott Smith (1825-1872) was the Master of Transportation on the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) Railroad from (1860-1866). During the Civil War he was in charge of transporting soldiers, supplies, and horses for the Union forces along the B&O rails. He was a personal friend of President Abraham Lincoln and managed the logistics of his rail travel to Gettysburg where he made his famous address. During a brutal war where the railroads were constantly under siege by enemy forces, Prescott managed to safely transport troops to battle without a single casualty caused by operational error or train accident. It is theorized that Prescott's efficient maneuvering of troops and supplies contributed to many of the Union's successes in battle and eventual victory in the war. He resigned from his post with B&O on July 1, 1866.

  • Corner rim interior with small dents; small dents to lower (undecorated) section of urn; otherwise in very good original condition.

Accepted Forms of Payment:

Money Order / Cashiers Check, Other, Personal Check, Wire Transfer


CHARLTON HALL DOES NOT SHIP: Charlton Hall will be pleased to provide a list of shippers and packers that will our worldwide base of clients has successfully used, or you can have your own shipper handle your purchases. Please contact the shipper of your choice to arrange for packing and pick up your items. Your items will be released as soon as payment cleans our bank. We requests that your shippers schedule pick up times at least 24 hours in advance, this will insure no delays in pick up, and release of your purchases. SUCCESSFUL ONLINE BIDDERS/BUYERS MAY NOT PICKUP PURCHASES UNTIL MONDAY AFTER THE AUCTION.

December 5, 2010 1:00 PM EST
West Columbia, SC, US

Charlton Hall

You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 18% and any applicable taxes and shipping.

View full terms and conditions

Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $2,999 $100
$3,000 $4,999 $200
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 + $5,000