PRESENTED by the Citizens of BOSTON to COM.0.H.PERRY
This silver tumbler was part of a silver presentation set given to Oliver Hazard Perry to congratulation him for his victory in the Battle of Lake Erie by the Citizens of Boston.
'"The news of the fresh success of our gallant officers and seamen upon Lake Erie has cheered every American heart, whatever opinion an individual may entertain of the principles which originated the war.
On Sunday and elegant salute was fired on board the Constitution after divine [service] in the forenoon, under the direction of Capt. Stewart, in honor of the victory. After the salute the men ascended the shrowds [sic] and gave three cheers, which were cordially returned by thousands of our citizens from the wharves and Copp's hill. Our brave and experienced tars have averted our fears; and more than realized our hopes, in single combat with the most brave, experienced, and powerful nation on earth; but we still entertain fears for them when they should fight in squadrons or fleets. Com. Perry wears the first garland which the history of our nation will claim in this complicated system of engagement."
This piece provides a direct link between us today and the excitement felt by people as far away as Boston to the events that happened on Lake Erie on September 10, 1813. The tumbler was donated to Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial by James Storrow, a direct descendant of Oliver Hazard Perry. Other pieces have been donated to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USS Constitution Museum, and other institutions. This tumbler is one of only 4 that are known to still exist. However, much of the set was stolen from Perry descendants.