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PORCELLIAN CLUB harvard new york antique silver bowl cambridge boston university:
The Porcellian Cup
(signed by every member!)
The White House, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR,Harvard, Facebook, MarkZuckerberg andthe Winklevoss Twins: it's all here!
Monstrous, decadent, comical, 18 1/2", fraternal drinking chalice. Bearingthe signatures of allten of the 1906 Porcellian Club members, this is likely the largestand most important artifact ever toescape the halls of Harvard's mostelusive club or, all of Harvard for that matter!?The punch bowl sized chaliceis inscribed withthe 1906 wedding datefor Joseph G. Willis. With nomention of the actual wedding (or the bride!), it is our opinion that this was not a weddinggift, but given as a celebratory frat-house drink mug. A gag gift. Stories handed down through the familysupport this conclusion (club members joked about it, passed it around and drank directly out of it).New York's impressive 1906 Dominick & Haff 925 sterling mark. Large & heavy, weighs about 4 1/2 POUNDS! Measures 18 1/2" across the handles, 12 1/2" across the rim and 8 1/2" high. Has a few dents & scratches (as pictured) but, as you can see, itdisplays as "beyond spectacular!"
The Porcellian Club invades The White House(...and turns it intoAnimal House!)
ThePresident of The United States' daughter was also married in 1906. The White House wedding was heldin February and boasted more than one thousand guests. Thousands moresurrounded theFirst Family's homehoping to get a glimpse of the goings-on inside (photo above). Allten members of the 1906Porcellian Club were invited & in attendence, as was FDR.AtThe White House, and infront of thousands, U.S. President Theodore boys namedon this chaliceandlead them to a private roomwhere they heldaPorcellian Club "meeting". They reportedly partied, sangporky songs, drank, smoked & told dirty jokes.Historical accounts of the event confirm it was an official Porcellian Club meeting because a humiliatedFDR was, onceagain, turned away at the door. We believe the presentation of this "party chalice"took placeatthatWhite House meeting,four months prior to the Willis wedding. Didthe Porcellian Club charmits way into The White House and pull-off the ultimate bachelor party!? It would appear so!First rejected by thePorc in 1903, FDR leaves Harvard.Willis left Harvard in 1906 afterhaving been a member of the Porcforthree years.We believe this means Willis wasthe "punch" choosen overFDR?Information and misinformation about the Porcellian is seemingly endless. We would love to hear from you Harvard &White Househistorians.
The 1906 FDR & 2004 Mark Zuckerberg-Winklevoss twins periods stand out as the club's two most historic moments.Both eventschanged thecourse ofhistory and are testament tothe Club's 200+ years of strictest exclusivity. The birthplace of Facebook, the clubis now a museum of sorts, collecting artifacts from its historic past.
~~~~~~William Ladd (1880 -1967) ~ "The Father of Pediatric Surgery".Charles Sprague Sargent Jr. ~ broker atHornblower & Weeks for the Dodge, Hudson & General Motors Companies.Guy Fairfax Cary (1879 -1950) ~ Grandfather to Princess Diana of Wales bymarriage to Cynthia Roche.Louis Crawford Clark Jr. (1881 - 1933) ~ CharlesC. Ramsey ~Arthur Scott Burden ~ (1879 -1921) ~ NYSE, died from fall from Polo horse.John Weiss Stedman (1880 -1952) ~ Vice President of Prudential Insurance Co.Philip Acosta Carroll ~private life ~ Declaration of Independence family fame.Crawford Blagden (1881-1937) ~ All American football tackle. In 1918 lead the rescue of WWI's famed "Lost Battalion". Joseph G. Willis ~ Died ina California race car crashcirca 1919.
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