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Title Royal Navy document box
Nationality British
Period c 1830
Price £75.00

This little tin box would have held a Royal Navy warrant document for Warrant Officers. As far as I know they were introduced into RN service in about 1820. The Admiralty seal is impressed in the body of the box, which, along with the lid, are both constucted of tin with lead solder seams.

I think these boxes would only have been issued to the 'standing triumvirate' of senior WOs, who were Admiralty appointments, viz Boatswain, Gunner, Carpenter. The Petty Officers held their appointment directly from their ship's CO, who had the power to disrate them, unlike the WOs.

There is zinc finish throughout, marred here and there by spot rust, but generally speaking it is in excellent shape for its age.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Ephemera : Documents : British : 19th Century]

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