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Lot #125
Low Estimate$4,000.00
High Estimate$6,000.00
Last UpdatedOctober 4, 2019


Obverse titled La Griffon & Bashante" depicts a naval battle in which the H.M.S. Bacchante captured the French navy brig Griffon off Cape Antonio, Cuba, on May 11, 1808. One ship is flying a faint French flag, one is flying a British flag and both are flying long pennants. The ships are engulfed in billowing smoke, and the sails are pockmarked with damage from cannon fire. Reverse depicts a British sidewheel steamship with a distinctive striped smokestack. The ship is flying a British ensign off the stern, figures are visible on deck and billowing smoke is coming out of the smokestack. The hulls of the ships on both the obverse and reverse are deeply engraved, and birds are visible in the sky above the scenes. The execution of the smoke and water, the elegant script lettering and the geometric and foliate garlands encircling the tip and base of the tooth are characteristic of the Lady Wellington Engraver's workmanship. Length 5"."


Ink faded in some areas, particularly on obverse. Very small age crack and chip at base.

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