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Battleship Silver

 

The history of the Battleship Silver began in 1910 when Governor M. F. Ansel, on behalf of the State of South Carolina, presented the silver service to the Battleship South Carolina. 

The Battleship South Carolina, which was in service during World War I, was scrapped in 1921.  The United States Congress agreed to make the South Carolina State Society Daughters of the American Revolution the custodians, returning the silver service to South Carolina.

As custodians, the SCDAR was asked to keep the service insured, as well as preserved and exhibited.  

In 1947 the SCDAR placed the silver service in the South Carolina Governor's mansion, on loan.  The silver has been featured on tours of civic, historical, education, and government organizations.  The silver, which consists of 66 pieces, remains intact and is in an excellent state of  preservation.

Two punch cups, which were placed on loan by the State Society in 1975,  in the "new" USS South Carolina, a guided-missile frigate cruiser, were returned to the Governor's Mansion when this ship was decommissioned in 1998.  

When the Governor's Mansion was closed for extensive renovations in 1999, nine pieces of the service were taken to the Governor's temporary residence on Heyward Street in Columbia.  The remainder was stored in a vault at the Wade Hampton (State) Office Building until the restoration could be completed.

In early 2000, the entire set was moved to the Charleston Museum to be put on public display for the duration of the restoration.  This display was open until June 2001, when it was then returned to the Governor's Mansion.

The silver was made by Gorham Silver Company and was obtained through Gilwreath-Durham of Greenville, South Carolina.




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