Original British Silver Rum Punch Ladle from Captain James Shephard of HMS Phoebe c. 1802
Original Item: One of a kind. We received this as part of a substantial Naval Collection centered on NELSON era of British history. The Seaman of the Royal Navy got GROG, a mixture of Rum and water, while the Officer's got Rum Punch. There was no equality in the Royal Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries. Here we have a British Silver serving ladle with a twisted baleen handle, used shipboard for Rum Punch. The bottom of the silver bowl is engraved H.M.S. PHOEBE over the initials J.S..
H.M.S. PHOEBE was a 36 gun ship rated as a 5th Rate Man-o-War,and was launched in 1795 from Deptford near London. She had a very active Naval Career during the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 with the Americans. Captain JAMES SHEPHARD was appointed in June 1802, which would indicate that this fine Silver Ladle was his Personal property for use in the Captain's quarters. He was Captain only a few months, so we can date this item for use in 1802. H.M.S. PHOEBE had a distinguished career, and actually attended the great BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR in 1805. She was retired from active Naval service in 1814 and sold off to be broken up some years later.
The Silver Ladle measures 14" in length and has a "Baleen" twisted handle from a whale, with a silver end fitting. In fine fully usable condition, the Baleen stem slightly warped with age.
Ready to add to your Napoleonic display, or even serve!
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