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    “Surgeons” sea chest, before 1793 © Bonhams

    The lid bearing a depiction of the Burning of the French Fleet at Toulon, the front the Arms of the Royal College of Surgeons over the title “Agamemnon” and flanked by two portraits; to the left titled “Cambell Orde Governor of Dominica & Rear Admiral Cadiz” to the right titled “De La Touche Treville Director of Port Rochefort Lafayette”. Each end with a cartouche titled “Toulon Cadiz”. 46x25x29in. (117x64x74cm)

    It has been speculated that this chest might have belonged to the Surgeon Joseph Emerson on board Nelson’s ship HMS Agamemnon at the burning of the French fleet at Toulon in 1793.

    A tobacco box in copper, ca. 1782

    The plaque is engraved: 'Lewis Carr' and around it on the lid: 'It is no repining can losses repay, Take a pipe with me & smoke sorrow away'. The sides have a fleur-de-lis at either end. The base is engraved with an anchor, moon, stars, sun, birds and a pierced heart.

    There is a ship within a wreath in the centre with 'Perseus 1782' engraved below. Lewis Carr was on 'Perseus's' muster roll from 1 July 1781, rated Landsman. He was promoted to Ordinary Seaman on 1 March 1783 and paid off on 20 March 1783