An American coin silver three-piece tea set of nautical interest
by Bigelow Brothers & Kennard, Boston, fine quality makers and retailers of coin silver, comprising a teapot, covered sugar bowl and milk jug; of bulbous form with berry and leaf knops, each inscribed "Presented to Capt. Henry Christie and Lady of British Ship 'Shand' of Liverpool, by the Owners, Capt. Winsor, Officers and Passengers of the American Ship 'Golden Light' of Boston, Burnt at Sea, Feb. 22nd 1853, As a token of Gratitude for their unlimited kindness bestowed upon the Capt. Officers, Crew and Passengers after rescuing them from their perilous situation." within scrolling foliate and
ruffled C-scroll cartouches; stamped Bigelow Bros & Kennard, Boston, Coin.
The Golden Light under command of Captain C. F. Winsor, sailed from Boston on her
first voyage bound for San Francisco, February 12, 1853, and ten days out was struck
by lightning which set fire to cargo in the fore-hold. After every exertion had been made
to save the vessel. Captain Winsor gave orders to abandon the ship, and at 6 p.m.,
February 23d, her people took to the boats. At that time, the ship was in flames. Her
foremast had burnt off and fallen; soon after her main- and mizzenmasts went over the
side. She had eleven passengers, including three ladies who were in the long boat with
the captain. There were five boats in all, four of which, after being adrift eight days, were
picked up by the British ship Shand from Calcutta bound for Boston; the other boat, in
charge of the mate, reached Barbados in safety, so that all hands were saved.
The Wood Sailing Cargo Vessel Barque William Shand was launched February 16,
1839. She was owned by William Shand & Co, Liverpool; retired in 1859.
Measurement: Creamer height: 7.125"; Sugar: 4.25" x 7" x 5"; Teapot: 6.5"; width: 10"; depth: 5.5"
Material: Coin silver
Condition: Fine and original