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Lot #362
DepartmentWeapons
Low Estimate$500.00
High Estimate$1,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 13, 2019

Description

RARE SEA CAPTAIN'S DAGGER Early 19th Century
Belonged to Benjamin Crowninshield, master of the yacht Cleopatra's Barge of Salem, Massachusetts. Carved and pierced walrus ivory handle with floral design and crest of the Crowninshield family. Includes original leather sheath with silvered metal mounts engraved with design similar to the dagger's handle. Retains old tag indicating the dagger was donated by a member of the Crowninshield family to a Boston thrift shop to benefit the city's Children's Medical Center. Dagger length 8.25.
Provenance:
West Sea Company, May 2, 1993, Lot #91.

The Crowninshields were considered one of the "Boston Brahmin" families, influential in American politics, military matters, literature and seafaring industries. Benjamin Crowninshield (1758-1836) served aboard the privateer Black Watch during the Revolutionary War and the Alexander during the War of 1812 before taking command of the Cleopatra's Barge, owned by a family member. (Another Benjamin Crowninshield served as Secretary of the Navy from 1815 to 1818). The ship was a luxuriously appointed hermaphrodite brig and was the first pleasure craft to cross the Atlantic. After the owner's death it was used as a trading vessel and the royal yacht of the Hawaiian king."

Condition

Handle with some cracks and discoloration. Sheath's leather components splitting.

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