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    Sterling and Crystal Tiffany Inkwell to General Robert L. Meade, U.S.M.C., 1903. 3" high x 3.5" in diameter, marked "Tiffany & Co. Makers" and "Sterling". This magnificent inkwell has a hinged sterling top hand-engraved with the United States Marine Corps eagle-globe-anchor insignia and the initials "RLM" in a Victorian script. The sterling collar is also hand-engraved with, "To Gen. R. L. Meade from N. C. Officers U.S.M.C. Brooklyn, N.Y. Feby. 15th, 1903". As the inscription states, the inkwell was a gift to Meade by the non-commissioned Marine officers of the Brooklyn Navy Yard upon his promotion to the rank of general. Minor chips, else fine.

    Robert L. Meade was the nephew of General George Meade, the hero of Gettysburg, and the son of Commodore Richard Meade. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Robert Meade was given the command of the Second Marine Corps at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. He received his first Brevet for gallantry for a night attack at Fort Sumter where he was captured. He spent fifteen months in a Southern prison camp. During the Spanish-American War Meade was assigned to sea duty as Marine Commander of the Atlantic Fleet aboard the USS New York. Then Colonel Meade was posted with the China Relief Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion, participating in the Battle of Tiensin. In November 1900 Meade was given command of the Marine detachment at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. President Theodore Roosevelt promoted Meade to the rank of general prior to his being placed on the retired list. Meade died in 1910.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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