An antiques dealer had a pleasant surprise when he unearthed a rare platter made specially for a voyage to the North Pole in 1875.
The owner of the platter had taken it along to a valuation in Anglesey, held at the Bulkeley Hotel, Beaumaris, where experts found that the piece had been made for the HMS Discovery. It would be used in the ward room during an expedition to the North Pole.
Admiral Sir George Strong Nares led the expedition, which was launched to try and reach the North Pole via Smith Sound. On 29th May, 1875, HMS Alert and HMS Discovery set sail from Portsmouth to embark on their voyage, which turned out to be the last for HMS Discovery
The Asian Art specialist at Halls, Alexander Clement, stated that he did not believe there was a connection between the voyage and the owner, who remains unidentified. The platter has the expedition stamp on it and will be sold at auction on 28th September in Shrewsbury. The head of the jewellery and silver department at Halls, Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley, stated that the valuation events are an excellent opportunity for people to discover some of the history of an item as well as the value, as many antiques have been handed down through generations of a family.
Although the platter may be displayed in a safe place, it may also be used as tableware for an antique dining table , adding a conversational piece to a dinner party.
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