On May 28th I blogged about the large silver bowl that was going to be auctioned on June 8th. This had been presented to Mrs. Jefferson Davis by the citizens of Macon, Georgia on October 25, 1887. At the ceremony that day five thousand Confederate veterans marched past, while the aging President Davis watched on and tearfully took their salute. he died two years later.
Today, dear readers, the White House Association with the assistance of three generous donors was able to purchase this magnificent bowl! To say “excited” is not a strong enough word for how I feel, and I am deeply indebted to the Ladies of the Association and to our special donors who together have made this rare and wonderful acquisition possible.
The bowl had an honored place in the Davis home until it was inherited by his daughter. It has been obtained directly from lineal descendants of Jefferson and Varina. And as one of our member’s husband said, “we may never have a chance to get something this good again”!!!
The First White House of the Confederacy is certainly the richer for it, as it will be enjoyed and treasured for years to come by all who see it. We plan to have an unveiling for it once we have it in our possession.