A George III silver  Lloyd's Patriotic Fund two-handled cup and cover, by Digby Scott and Benjamin S
Lot 149
A George III silver Lloyd's Patriotic Fund two-handled cup and cover, by Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith, London 1806,
Sold for £20,400 (US$ 32,019) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George III silver  Lloyd's Patriotic Fund two-handled cup and cover, by Digby Scott and Benjamin S A George III silver  Lloyd's Patriotic Fund two-handled cup and cover, by Digby Scott and Benjamin S A George III silver  Lloyd's Patriotic Fund two-handled cup and cover, by Digby Scott and Benjamin S
A George III silver Lloyd's Patriotic Fund two-handled cup and cover,
by Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith, London 1806,
vase form, with acorn and oak leaf mounted raised handles with rope work borders and tudor rose medallions, applied with a plaque of Britannia on one side and Jason slaying a Hydra on the reverse, the pull off cover with a cast border of laurel on a matted background, gadroon border, the pull off lid with a cauliflower finial, the whole on a raised circular foot, inscribed " From the PATRIOTIC FUND at LLOYDS, TO LIEUTENANT OGLE MOORE OF HMS MINERVA, for his zealous and ACTIVE SERVICES in cutting out from under the FORT in FINISTERRE BAY by BOATS belonging to that SHIP, FIVE SPANNISH LUGGERS on the 22nd of June as recorded in the London Gazette of the 15th July 1806", height 35cm, weight 72oz.

Footnotes

  • The Patriotic Fund was founded at a meeting at Lloyd's Coffee House at the Royal Exchange, London, in July 1803, following the breakdown of the Peace of Amiens. The fund was set up by national subscription, strongly supported by Lloyd's members, which was used to vote money to those wounded in action, and to dependents of those killed, and also to give awards of merit in the form of money, silver and presentation swords. Between 1804 and 1809 sixty-six Patriotic Fund vases went to naval and military officers in recognition of distinguished services.

    Lieutenant Ogle Moore, was promoted to that rank on the 16th November 1804, and he enjoyed a particularly colourful naval career during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, in which he received two awards from the patriotic Fund. In July 1803, whilst serving on the frigate 'Maidstone', Moore was presented with a £50 sword for his conduct during a spirited attack on twelve enemy vessels lying in Hieres bay, on the Cote d'Azur, when eleven of them were set on fire and a twelfth was taken as a prize.

    By 1806 Moore was serving in the brand-new 32-gun frigate 'Minerva' which, under the command of Captain George Collier, was cruising in the bay of Biscay and off the Atlantic coast of Spain. On the evening of the 22nd June 1806, 'Minerva' lay becalmed in Finisterre Bay when Captain Collier received news that some valuable enemy luggers were in the vicinity. He immediately dispatched four of the ship's boats, including 'Minerva's' barge with Lieutenant Moore in Command, to scour the neighbouring coast where the luggers were soon discovered sheltering under the protection of a well-armed fort. Seizing the initiative, 'Minerva's' young officers led their men forward and took the fort with little opposition despite its battery of canon. Spiking the fort's guns as dawn broke on the 23rd, the raiding party then captured the five luggers laden with wine and successfully got them out to sea even though they were constantly under fire from another shore battery. For this gallantry on this occasion, Moore was presented with a silver vase to the value of £50 from the Patriotic Fund.

    Lieutenant Moore's sword from the Patriotic Fund was sold in these rooms on the 18th October, 2005 (lot 127-£28,000) in the "Nelson and the Royal Navy" auction (Part II).
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