Tue, 10th May 2016 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Courageous')

 
  Lot 69
 

69

SIGNALS. MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER, 3 LEAVES,...

SIGNALS. MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER, 3 LEAVES, WRITTEN IN AN ATTRACTIVE MID-18TH-CENTURY HAND. LOOSE IN A LATER 18TH-CENTURY MARBLED PAPER FOLDER, INSCRIBED ON FRONT COVER 'ORDER BOOK OF THE CENTAUR AND ROBUST'
An important manuscript containing new signals superseding the older ones and making Fleet Signals well nigh impossible for any enemy to decipher. They were produced by Captain (later Admiral) Phillips Cosby who saw extensive service during the Seven Years' War and the American Revolutionary War. It would appear that Cosby was still using them during the latter war. Together with a certificate to set ashore from H.M.S. Hind Corporal Cromey suffering from rheumatism, dated 7 August 1762 and signed Captain Phillips Cosby (see above), folio 12½ x 8¼in. (32 x 21cm.)

Sold for £1,612
Estimated at £400 - £600

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
SIGNALS. MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER, 3 LEAVES, WRITTEN IN AN ATTRACTIVE MID-18TH-CENTURY HAND. LOOSE IN A LATER 18TH-CENTURY MARBLED PAPER FOLDER, INSCRIBED ON FRONT COVER 'ORDER BOOK OF THE CENTAUR AND ROBUST'
An important manuscript containing new signals superseding the older ones and making Fleet Signals well nigh impossible for any enemy to decipher. They were produced by Captain (later Admiral) Phillips Cosby who saw extensive service during the Seven Years' War and the American Revolutionary War. It would appear that Cosby was still using them during the latter war. Together with a certificate to set ashore from H.M.S. Hind Corporal Cromey suffering from rheumatism, dated 7 August 1762 and signed Captain Phillips Cosby (see above), folio 12½ x 8¼in. (32 x 21cm.)