A presidential punch bowl researched and treated by WUDPAC Fellow Cassia Balogh and PSP doctoral candidate Mariana Di Giacomo was recently featured on Smithsonian.com. The online article by Smithsonian Institution Public Affairs Specialist Anna Torres features five unique and interesting items from the collections of the National Museum of Natural History.
An excerpt from the article: "If you are anything like me, you’ve always
wondered what it would be like to wine and dine with the president.
Well, if you were to do so in the early 20th century, you may have
“wined” from this punch bowl with William Howard Taft. Made from a Tridacna
(giant clam) shell—which could weigh up to 500 pounds and live 100
years—and mounted in a sea of silver mermaids, the punch bowl is part of
a 32-piece set crafted by Filipino silversmiths, Fernando and Tomás
Zamora around 1903. The set was exhibited at the Louisiana Purchase and
Lewis and Clark expositions before being purchased and then gifted to
the NMNH by then Secretary of War William Howard Taft in 1906—three
years before he was elected president."
To read about the other items highlighted in this article, visit the Smithsonian Magazine blog here.