This is a replica of a Chinese porcelain punch bowl made for Captain Thomas Truxtun, noted for his command of the frigate Constellation during the Quasi-War with France in 1798-1800. Truxtun had served in privateers during the Revolutionary War. After the Revolution, as a Philadelphia merchant captain, he was a pioneer of American trade with China. In 1794, Truxtun was appointed one of six captains to oversee the building of the United States Navy's frigates. That year, to illustrate a book he was publishing on navigation, Truxtun asked naval constructor Josiah Fox, who would play a part in designing these ships, for a drawing of a 44-gun frigate. Truxtun commissioned two punch bowls featuring Fox's drawing. One of these is in the Navy Museum in Washington, DC. The companion bowl, presented to George Washington, is in Washington's home at Mount Vernon.
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