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    Sale 2004

    Important English, Continental and American Silver

    22 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 164

    A GEORGE III SILVER-MOUNTED COCONUT CUP OF HISTORICAL INTEREST

    CIRCA 1779

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III SILVER-MOUNTED COCONUT CUP OF HISTORICAL INTEREST
    CIRCA 1779
    Set on a circular silver pedestal foot with beaded border and stem, the coconut carved with rosettes, silver cup lining, the silver neck mount with presentation inscription, apparently unmarked
    7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high


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    Although he served as a lieutenant in the East Indies during the Seven Years' War, and became Lieutenant-Governor of Greenwich Hospital in 1800, Sir Richard Pearson (1731-1806) is best known for his famous surrender of the Serapis in 1779.

    Pearson was escorting a large convoy from the Baltic on the Serapis, when he was attacked off Flamborough Head by the Bonhomme Richard under the command of American naval hero John Paul Jones. Even though Pearson surrendered to Jones, he only did so after the valuable convoy had already safely escaped. Due to this valiant action, he was considered a hero, was knighted, and received gifts from the merchants and the freedoms of several towns.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A CONNECTICUT COLLECTION