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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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I just received the buckle, it's an excellent example, thank you again.

N J, UK, 08.04.2017

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

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