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Presentation silver cup inscribed to "Buffalo Hump Hays"

[John Coffee "Jack" Hays]. Coin Silver Presentation Cup and John C. "Buffalo Hump" Hays Carte de Visite Signed. The cup is hand-engraved in script, "Presented to / Buffalo Hump Hays / by Genl. J. E. Addison / Col. J. A. Monroe / Major E. Byrne". The coin silver cup is 3.25 inches high and 3.25 inches in diameter. The bottom is marked with partially legible hallmarks of William Gale and Sons silversmiths of New York (active 1850-1866). The cup shows wear commensurate with age and use.

The recipient of the cup was John Caperton Hays, first son of John Coffee Hays. The younger Hays was known as "Buffalo Hump" in honor of his father's friend, Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump. According to legend, Chief Buffalo Hump, upon hearing of Hays' recent nuptials and his intended move to California during the gold rush, requested a final meeting with his old adversary. When the two met, the old Comanche expressed his admiration for the Ranger's warrior spirit and wished him many papooses in his marriage, but requested that the first would be named for him. Thus, young John, Jr. was known as "Buffalo Hump" Hays.

John E. Addison, J. A. Monroe, and Edward F. Byrne were close friends of Hays when he was sheriff (the first) of San Francisco. Addison, brigadier general of the California State Militia, held the post of California State Gauger, the official who gauges the alcohol content of all wines and spirits in packages over 15 gallons offered for sale. Colonel J. A. Monroe and Major Edward F. Byrne were also members of the California State Militia.

With a 2.5" x 4" studio portrait cdv of Hays, Jr. sitting in a chair, right arm resting on a table. Signed on the verso: "Oct. 15 1869 / Yours truly / J. C. Hays, Jr." Backstamp of A. K. Kipps, Oakland, California, on the verso.


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