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Lot 26 (Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hesperus'), 30th April 2019)

SIR JAMES CLARK ROSS: A RARE PLATE FROM HIS PRIVATE SERVICE COMMEMORATING THE DISCOVERY OF MAGNETIC NORTH, 1ST JUNE, 1831

Sold for £3,200


Condition report

Fine overall condition

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SIR JAMES CLARK ROSS: A RARE PLATE FROM HIS PRIVATE SERVICE COMMEMORATING THE DISCOVERY OF MAGNETIC NORTH, 1ST JUNE, 1831

the rim with cartouche incorporating the family 'fox's head erased' crest next to a dip circle and Union flag inscribed in gilt 1st June 1831, arsenic green field with gilt pie crust border, the reverse with maker's green transfer for Copeland & Garrett late Spode -- 9¼in. (23.5cm.) diam

Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862) took part in four Arctic expeditions with Sir William Parry (1790-1855) between 1819 and 1827 and between 1829-1833 served on his uncle, Sir John Ross's (1777-1856) second Arctic expedition. It was during this latter voyage he led a small party that discovered magnetic north on 1st June, 1831. Magnetic dip was discovered towards the end of the 16th century but instruments to record it were developed quite late and it was only in the 1830s that Robert Were Fox (1789-1877) developed one that could be used as an aid to marine and polar navigation and Parry's must have been one of the earliest models used - a fact he recorded by proudly incorporating a depiction of one in his family crest.

Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hesperus'), 30th April 2019

Pictures and Naval - 1-61

Sailor Art - 65-97

Shipwreck and East India Co. - 100-125

Collectables inc. Rowing, Liner and Fittings - 128-167

Instruments 170-249

Ship Models - 250-287

 

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