Pickett family cream pot
Pickett family cream pot
During the period 1861-1865, Southern property -- both real and personal -- was destroyed, stolen, or sold to sustain Confederate families. Afterwards, reconstruction and its resulting heavy tax burden on the South forced more family heirlooms into the hands of strangers.

The small silver cream pot seen in the photo was a survivor of the aforesaid havoc. Marked on the bottom "Sheffield, silver on copper," this cream pot was the property of Sophia Johnston and Olivia Johnston, the aunts of General George E. Pickett and his brother, Major Charles Pickett. The cream pot is quite old, dating to the years between 1740 and 1840.

In 1874, Sophia Johnston states in her last will and testament "I bequeath to my nephew, Gen. George E. Pickett, my interest is a silver cream pot, sugar dish and bowl, owned jointly with my sister Olivia." A copy of the will was forwarded to Christiancy Pickett (The Society's Co-Founder) who had cared for it for many years.

One day, the sender received a small package along with a letter arrived from Utah. The package contained the silver cream pot and a letter, part of which read "The cream pot was given to us shortly after we married by Gen. Pickett's grandson's wife. She told us that Dear Mother (Sallie Corbell Pickett) had given it to her and that she always thought that it had been a wedding present to George and Sallie."

The cream pot has returned home to Virginia.

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