A unique presentation?
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My Scottish great-grandfather William Kennedy (1816-1876), when mate of the ship Wallace of Liverpool on a voyage to San Francisco 1852-4, was promoted when her master John Myers was taken ill to hospital in Valparaiso after a 45-day rounding of Cape Horn.
When Wallace returned to Livepool the crew presented her new master with a fine spyglass, ‘as a mark of Esteem for his Gentlemanly conduct’, as the inscription reads.
How unique [?unusual] was such a presentation and has anyone made a collection of similar cases?
I’ve seen similar tokens in different forms from crew and passengers, so whilst not common (or commonly seen), these are not especially rare either, just nice to have a provenance and story behind an item for a change. I imagine many other tokens were given unengraved or in more fragile material (glass/paper) which simply hasn’t survived.
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