A fine Presentation cast silver salver, hallmarked for London 1830. Made by WKR ( William Ker Reid), weight 29 t oz, diameter 12 inches.
Original crisp condition with engraved inscription,
‘Presented 26th September 1826 by His Passengers to Captain Lucas Percival Commander of The Honorable Company’s Chartered Ship Abberton. As a token of their high esteem and as an acknowledgement of the uniform kindness and attention they received from Him on the passage fro England to India’.
Lucas was a celebrated Captain with the East India Company. He served on the Barque ‘Abberton’ on four major trips to Madras, Bengal, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Port Phillip between 1819 – 20, 1823 – 24, 1826 – 27, 1828 – 29. Carrying cargo and passengers and assisted immigrants to Port Phillip, Australia and Hobart, Tasmania.
The ‘Abberton’, weight 450 tons was launched at Ipswich on 16th September 1818 and the ship builder was Jabez Bayley for the owner William Bowtree. It was chartered into the East India Company from 1818 – 1829.
Captain Lucas Percival of Singleton Hall, Lancashire, came from a long family line of illustrious military and sea-faring celebrities who served the British Empire.
Lieutenant General Arthur Ernest Percival (1887-1966) who surrendered Singapore to the Japanese on 15th February 1942, was his great grandson
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