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    Major General Godfrey Weitzel: Canteen Shaped Menu from the 13th Annual Reunion of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, Detroit, Michigan, June 15, 1882 and Mrs. Weitzel's Named Opera Glasses. Both pieces are consigned by Weitzel's direct lineal descendants. The canteen/menu is embossed on both sides with "13th Annual Reunion Detroit 1882" and the intertwined letters "SAP" in the center. Hinged at the bottom, the canteen opens to reveal a fabric trimmed paper menu for the banquet given at Detroit's Music Hall. The eleven course meal that included such delicacies as "Boned Turkey, aux Truffles in Aspic Gelée", "Fresh Lobsters in shell", and "Bécassine Rôtie a l'Anglaise", was a far cry from war-time camp food. The opera glasses are twice hand-engraved with the name "Louise Weitzel". The mother-of-pearl and gilt metal glasses were made by LeMarie Fabricant of Paris. There is the trademark Lemaire bee under the center bridge. The German born Weitzel graduated second in the Class of 1855 at the United States Military Academy. He taught at West Point until 1861 when he was ordered to Washington as a captain of engineers. Weitzel first met Abraham Lincoln when his company served as the new president's bodyguard at the inauguration. During the Civil War Weitzel reached the rank of major general and commanded the18th and 25th Corps. He died in 1882. The canteen is patinated, else both pieces are fine.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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