Captain Benson's Carved Nautilus Shell

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Description

Carved nautilus shell, collected by Captain Timothy M. Benson during 1882 voyage of the bark MARTHA DAVIS to Honolulu, Hong Kong, and Manila.  Shell has acid etched decorative relief; floral design across center of shell; holes drilled in decorative pattern; obverse is etched and filled with gold paint "MANILA 1882"; reverse is etched and filled with gold paint "A.B."; glue outline in oval shape at bottom of shell; some losses along opening of chamber.

For details of the voyage, see Coll 201, GWBW Manuscript Collection, MSM, and New York Maritime Register entries for November 1882 to January 1883.