Base for circular box made from several ships

Base for circular box. The lid is inlaid with two concentric brass rings surrounding a small circular plaque with an engraved crest of an arm brandishing a scimitar, the motto: 'Pro Patria' and the letter 'B'. The smaller inner ring is marked 'A'. Engraved on a brass plate inside the lid: 'The Bottom of this Box is made from a piece of the dead wood of the Royal William launched at Portsmouth Yard in the Year 1719. C...... a piece of the Royal Escape in which King James 2nd fled from England, this Vefsel has been ever since & still is employed by the Navy Board. D...... a piece of the Discovery in which Captain Cook circumnavigated the World.'

Object Details

ID: REL0614.2
Type: Box base
Display location: Not on display
Date made: 1824
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Overall: 12 mm x 92 mm x 92 mm
Parts: Circular box made from several ships (Box)

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