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Rare antique 1909 sterling silver calling card case, match safe or vesta, signed Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). This is a commemorative souvenir from a dinner held on May 7, 1909, in honor of William Travers Jerome at Delmonico's in New York City and who's profile image is on the front. Marked Cross on the base and Sterling inside case lid, the profile stamp signed by the artist E or W Kayser. The top has a 3 letter monogram TWG for Thomas W. Goggin (see provenance described below).

The case has a lot of character with much tarnish, small dents and the lid doesn't close tightly. Overall very good for display, as well as a fabulous addition for any collection of New York City political, historical and NY law memorabilia.

William Travers Jerome (4/18/1859-2/13/1934) was a lawyer, politician and New York's District Attorney from 1902 to 1909. Samuel Clemens delivered a speech on Jerome's behalf the committee members signatures are engraved on the back including "S L Clemens" and other important figures of the time. You can read about the event and a portion of Mark Twains' speech via his link from Twain Quotes: www.twainquotes.com/19090508.html

PROVENANCE: this is a family piece, the monogram "TWG" my great uncle's initials. Thomas W. Goggin (1/14/1876 - 11/28/1958), who was a clerk with the office of the district attorney in New York City and lawyer for the court of general sessions. After retiring to Palm Beach Florida, he became a Municipal Judge there. Buyer will receive a black & white (copy only) of the obituary (see pic) and copy of NY Times report from online website source from link above.

These are the committee members autographs listed on the back. Some are hard to read, those in parenthesis, are my best guess!

In order from top to bottom:
1. Joseph H. Choate
2. David H. Greer
3. Edward M. Shepard
4. S. L. Clemens
5. Thomas Hastings
6. R. Fulton Cutting
7. can't read (Eugene McEvery?)
8. Austen G. Fox
9. F. P. Dunne
10. William Rand, Jr
11. can't read (W. Gibson?)
12. can't read (Elbright T. Gerry?)
13. Norman Hapgood
14. Jno W. L. Nash
15. Henry W. Taft
16. Walter Danrich

approx measurements
3 1/2" tall
1 3/4" wide
1/4" thick

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1909 Sterling Silver Calling Card Case, Signed Samuel Clemens, Antique Match Save Vesta, Honoring NYC Judge William Travers Jerome, Monogram

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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: Mobile Users Please Read Full Description, 1909 Sterling Silver Calling Card Case, Signed Samuel Clemens, Antique Match Save Vesta, Honoring NYC Judge William Travers Jerome, Monogram
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