Original British Leather Powder Bucket from HMS Africa Dated 1808
Original Item. Only One Available. Here is a truly romantic naval item. An original Powder Bucket from the Napoleonic Wars, named to "H.M.S. AFRICA" and dated 1808 (paint now most subdued).
A single glance tells you how right this item is. Constructed from heavy leather a brass rivets and collar eliminating the possibility of a spark this has leather wear to the top collar that confirms its age. The former carry handle, also leather has been cut away but the remnants can still be seen. If only this was dated prior to1805 then one's imagination could really run wild.
H.M.S. AFRICA a 64 Gun Third Rate Ship of the Line was launched at Deptford, near London on 11th April 1781. By chance this Ship took part in what is considered the last Battle of the American War of Independence, the Battle of Cuddalore in 1783.
H.M.S. AFRICA took part in the great Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 under the Command of Captain Sir Henry Digby (1770-1842) who later became an Admiral of the Blue. She saw multiple other engagements especially against the French Allies, the Danes in 1808. Again HMS AFRICA saw service in the War of 1812 commanded by Captain John Bastard as part of Sir Philip Broke's Squadron who chased the USS Constitution but FAILED to catch her.
Finally after an illustrious career, all easily researched on the Internet and included with this offering, H.M.S. AFRICA was "broken up" in Portsmouth in 1814.
A Wonderful relic from a British Naval Man of War that saw Action in the American War of Independence right through the Napoleonic Wars.
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