SOLD - A Large William IV Antique English Silver Presentation Snuff Box
Of excellent weight, rectangular with applied grapevine and scroll borders, engine-turned sides, engraved on the cover with the inscription: "Presented to Capt Marshall by the passengers of the Orontes 2nd Augt 1837 a trifling but sincere mark of their esteem". The interior is gilt and engraved with the names of the eleven presenters.<br /><br />
The Orontes brought settlers to Australia in the early 19th century. One voyage is particularly well documented leaving London December 3rd 1837 under Captain Short and arriving in Sidney May 18th 1838. Presumably this voyage followed immediately on the one commemorated by the box.<br /><br />
In Sidney the Orontes joined the ill fated expedition to Port Essington (named after an Admiral at Trafalgar) in northern Australia where a colony called Victoria Settlement was being established. It was funded by the British Government and the East India Company as a military and supply station which would forestall the Dutch from setting up a trading post and claiming the land. The settlement was ultimately a failure and was abandoned in 1849. The site can be visited today via special tours.<br /><br />
On its return voyage from Port Essington, the Orontes struck a reef (now named Orontes Reef) just outside the harbor and sank.
|Size||Length: 4.5 in.|
|Weight||14 oz. 17 dwt.|