A Lloyds Presentation Silver Salver 1828, 48cm (19 in ) diameter, 96 oz
Lot 125
A George IV Lloyds presentation silver salver, by Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard, London 1828,
Sold for £3,840 (US$ 6,203) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George IV Lloyds presentation silver salver,
by Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard, London 1828,
circular form, raised on three cast shell and floral feet, cast border of floral shells and flat chased with a broad band of scrolls and flowers, inscribed; "Presented to Mt James Milne, Commander of the Ship Charles of London by the Underwriters at Lloyds for his meritorious conduct and perseverance in bringing the said ship to London with a valuable cargo after having been dismasted in a hurricane on the 23rd day of August 1829 in latitude 39.19' North, longitude 55'W and as a token of the esteem they have for him as an active and able Commander. Lloyds 1st July 1830", in a fitted mahogany case, diameter 48cm, weight 96oz.

Footnotes

  • The full-rigged merchant ship “Charles” was a classic West Indiaman which, in 1829, was trading regularly out of London to Tobago. Built at Whitby in 1805, she was owned by W. Irvine and measured at 330 tons. Almost certainly carrying sugar and/or molasses on her homeward passages across the North Atlantic, such cargoes were considered the most valuable of their day such was the price which either commodity could command upon arrival in London. It is not in the least surprising therefore that the Underwriters of Lloyds should make a handsome presentation of this nature to a mercantile captain who had saved them from a significant loss.

    Later converted to a barque for greater economy, the “Charles” continued trading to the West Indies until the early 1850s, Captain Milne having remained her master until about 1840.

    Provenance:
    Phillips East Anglia, 23rd March 1994, lot 309.
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