Saturday, August 30, 2014

PAGE 28 - 4 Items: Silk Banquet Menu and more

My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his late 1800s Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations.  Page 28 shows a most confusing group of 4 items, 3 of which are made of silk: a banquet menu, a Jury Duty menu, a masquerade, and a triangular Delta Kappa Epsilon convention ticket. Eclectic, indeed.

The first two items are clearly seen above in the large photo:

1.  Paper Muslin Masquerade ticket is made of heavy pink silk material: TRENOR HALL /  Broadway Near 32nd, Street. / TUESDAY EVE. FEBRUARY 15, 1881. / at 9 o'clock p.m. / R.S.V.P.      MISSES EGGERT, / 1015 Lexington Ave.

2.  Admission ticket, ΔΚε.  Thirty-Second Convention / Delta Kappa Epsilon, / Public Exercises, / Academy of Music, New York, / Thursday Evening, October 24, 1878, / Admit Party    at 8'oclock.   More information on the DKE Fraternity may be found by clicking. 

3.  I.O.O.F. Banquet Menu  This long dark purple silk item on the right is the Banquet Menu for the "Merchants & Business Men of Baltimore" / Gilmour & Sons, Caterer.  
It is virtually unreadable by now, with gold lettering on very dark purple silk, much faded. Because of the dates of other items, I may assume it took place between 1870 and 1885. The menu seems highly detailed, from Soups to Wines, with a large variety of foods for each course. The dark marks you can see on the silk is bleed-through from the original glue. The glue spots also show in the following white silk menu, below.  [See p.20  small ticket of 3 along the side, for the entry ticket for this event.  - thanks again to Albert Riezebos]

4. First United Dinner / of the First & Second Panels of the Sheriff's Jury / Menu / 11 Janvier 1871.   Here we have another detailed menu, all in French.  Soups (2), Fish (2), Appetizers, 3 Entrees, Vegetables (5), Kirsch Sorbet, and 9 different desserts.  

And along the bottom of the menu:  "Lynch Law    Surrogate's Court   Sheriff's Jury".  

Note this menu is printed on ivory silk, with crossed American flags at the top - 34 stars on the left, 31 on the right. I believe it should have been 37 stars in 1871, but 'artistic licence' perhaps shows here. 

update:  See link here for possible reference to "Lynch Law": link suggested/provided by fellow Canadian genealogist, Albert Riezebos.  Albert also found photos of special dinners at Delmonico's for the First and Second Panels of the Sheriff's Jury, here:

If you have more information about any of these 4 items, I would be happy to receive any details you can add.  You may contact me at calewis at telus dot net or in the Comments section below. Thank you stopping by. 

The next page to be inventoried, Page 29, includes many transportation tickets set around a beautiful silk-covered advertising card for a piano store!  

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