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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 506

    THE GENERAL ABBATUCCI
    A GOLD WATCH CHAIN RECOVERED FROM THE WRECK OF THE GENERAL ABBATUCCI

    CIRCA 1860

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    THE GENERAL ABBATUCCI
    A GOLD WATCH CHAIN RECOVERED FROM THE WRECK OF THE GENERAL ABBATUCCI
    CIRCA 1860
    Of basic belcher-link form incorporating revolving overlap design discs within reeded oval and circular links to a cross-bar terminal
    12¾ in. (32 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    Christie's, South Kensington, The Abbatucci Cargo, 7th October 1997, lot 123.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts


    Post Lot Text

    The General Abbatuci was a Corsican cargo ship of 282 tons and on 13th May 1869 was sailing from France to Corsica carrying a cargo of treasure comprising jewellery watches and gold coins destined for the Vatican, when it was hit by a Norwegian barquentine and sank within two hours with the loss of 54 lives. The wreck was located in 1996 by the salvage company Blue Water Recoveries and much of it's original cargo was recovered.