An impressive Victorian silver two-handled tray in a fitted presentation case, to Captain E.A.Inglefield RN by Elkington & Co, Birmingham 1853
Lot 363
An impressive Victorian silver two-handled tray in a fitted presentation case, to Captain E.A.Inglefield RN by Elkington & Co, Birmingham 1853
Sold for £5,250 (US$ 8,897) inc. premium
Auction Details
An impressive Victorian silver two-handled tray in a fitted presentation case, to Captain E.A.Inglefield RN by Elkington & Co, Birmingham 1853
Lot Details
An impressive Victorian silver two-handled tray in a fitted presentation case, to Captain E.A.Inglefield RN
by Elkington & Co, Birmingham 1853
Oval form wwith cast husk and bead border, leaf-capped and embellished arched handles, the body engraved with eight Classical muses within oval bead borders between stylised foliate scrolls, the centre engraved with a presentation inscription "Presented to Captain A.E. Inglefield R.N. in his departure from Liverpool by a few friends as a token of esteem and regard, June 6th 1864" below a coat-of-arms and within a beaded oval border embellished with hanging anthemions, the reverse engraved "Charles Mozley Esq: Mayor of Liverpool" followed by the names listed "James Baines ESQ: J.P. Campbell ESQ: J.C. Ewart ESQ: Hardman Earle ESQ: W.J. FernIe ESQ: S.R. Graves ESQ: R.C. Gardner ESQ: Robt Hutchison ESQ: B.H. Jones ESQ: William Langton ESQ: Geo. H. Lawrence ESQ: J.G. Livingstone ESQ: T. Edwards Moss ESQ: G.W. Moss ESQ: George Melly ESQ: Charles Maciver ESQ: Fred B Mozley ESQ: John Marriot ESQ: Brandon L. Mozley ESQ: R.C. Naylor ESQ: S.C. Rathbone ESQ: C.E. Taunton ESQ: Heywood Thomson ESQ: J.N. Walker ESQ: Barton Wrigley ESQ", the case of rectangular form with canted corners, blue felt interior, brass handles, length 84.5cm, weight 201oz.

Footnotes

  • Captain Inglefield took command between 1861-64 of the Coast Guard guardship HMS Majestic moored in the Mersey at Liverpool.

    The Confederate Ironclad seizure.

    In 1862 Confederate agent James Bulloch secretly ordered the construction of two turret ironclads from the Birkenhead shipyard of William Laird. To be named the CSS Mississippi and North Carolina, these two vessels would have substantially altered the balance of power in the American Civil War at sea. Although ostensibly being built for Turkey, US Federal agents soon discovered the subtefuge and the US Ambassador brought extremely strong pressure to bear on the British Government. Finally, in September 1863, it was decided to quarantine the two warships in the Mersey under the guard of HMS Majestic, where they remained until purchased by the Admiralty in 1865. It is likely that this presentation reflects Inglefield's part in the seizure of the two Confederate vessels.
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