A Very Rare Coin Silver Loud Hailer Mounted in Its Original Case, Marked By Samuel Lewis, Washington, D.C., Circa 1845
American coin silver loud hailers made before the California Gold Rush are rare. They were generally given to sea captains to commemorate important events.
This one is decorated with finely engraved Viking long boats with sails and an eagle with a branch in its beak flying above the waves. The mouthpiece is chased on each side with a sailor in a boat and the bulbous section is chased with a porpoise on each side. A vacant cartouche is applied near the end of the body. It is surrounded with foliate engraving.
The interior of the lid of the case is stamped in gold: “S Lewis, 250 Penna. Av, Washington D.C.”
The horn is stamped inside the rim with “S Lewis, Washington D.C.”
Length: 23.5 inches
Diameter: 5 2/3 inches
Weight: 33.2 troy ounces