Description: Made by the firm of R & W Wilson of Philadelphia, this extremely fine silver cup is engraved as follows: "To A. H. Stilwell by his friends as an acknowledgement of his Energy and perserverance in Successfully raising the BRIG CHARLES H. FROST, Philadelphia Nov. 15, 1856."
Location of Origin: North America
Dimensions: H 4 1/2''.
Primary Classification: Decorative Arts and Furniture : Silver and Metalwork : Sterling
Secondary Classification: Folk Art and Americana
Expertise: The ship was sailing from Trinidad to Philadelphia when she was sunk off Cape Antonio (Cuba) in February 1856. Cape Antonio was an area which saw heavy pirate activity during the 18th and early 19th century. Many ships were seized, their crews killed or sold and the ships sunk. This may have been the fate of the Charles H. Frost.