Known as “Buffalo Bill”, William Fredrick Cody was an American soldier, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), but he lived for several years in his father’s hometown in modern-day Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.
Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven, after his father’s death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 15. During the American Civil War, he served the Union from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout for the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872.
One of the most famous and well-known figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill’s legend began to spread when he was only 23. Shortly thereafter he started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours in the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and continental Europe.
Presented are two crystal decanters etched W.F.C.. Inscription on the wood and brass case reads “To: “Buffalo Bill” W.F. Cody From: J. Nikitits Village Mayor”. They are attributed to belonging to Buffalo Bill. The handle of the silvered brass case is marked Rd 416610. There’s no key for the locking mechanism. Inside the lid is a makers label which reads : “Army & Navy C. S. L Makers.” Chip at the rim of one of the decanters, the inside of the stopper for this decanter is chipped as well. Some wear to the silver finish. There’s also general surface wear to the wood.
About the manufacturer: The Army & Navy Store Co-Operative Society Limited, to give their full title, was set up in 1871 by a group of army and naval officers who had decided they were paying too much for their wine. If they clubbed together to buy wholesale, they could greatly reduce the price. If this could be done for wine, it could be done for most other things and indeed the A&N CSL went on to sell just about everything imaginable from food and drink to clothing, furniture, sporting goods, luggage and toys. The Society also manufactured or commissioned a number of the items they sold. This is particularly true of the items we are interested in, travel furniture and luggage etc.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team
William Fredrick Cody Buffalo Bill Decanter Set