1828 Engraved Newport Marine Society Certificate for Capt. Borden Wood,

illustrated with 7 lines of printed and manuscript text reading Newport No. 410/These are to Certify that Captain Borden Wood was by/a Majority of votes regularly admitted a Member of the Newport/Marine Society, at a Meeting held the 1st day of January 1828 Given under our hands & seal of this Society, the 20th day of August 1828/Benjamin T. Cadwen Secretary/John Cahoone President. with vignette at top of Neptune in shell form chariot being pulled by 3 horse through water with ribbon banner below with In God We Trust with anchor flag at left an Liberty cap on pile and 13 star U.S. flag and laurel branch at right with rose garland extending from vignette to each corner and dropping. The bottom of this piece has scene of shipwreck with dead sailor at feet of weeping women and children, with allegorical group behind of classically clad women and children, one holding anchor and one holding scroll with Newport Marine Society Engraved by P.R. Maverick No. 3 Crown Street New York, lighthouse another ship and building in background with gold foil embossed seal of society with 3-masted ship at left, 11" x 13", mounted in period, likely original gold leaf wood frame, 12.75" x 14.75".

Borden Wood was a native of Rhode Island and became a sea Captain after moving to N.Y.C., later moved to Bedford, Ma. becoming a bank president in that town.

Benjamin Hadwen also appears to have been a sea Captain and testified against a Spanish slave ship by the name of Cleopatra in Newport, R.I. in 1816.

John Cahoone was Captain of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Vigilant, based at Newport in 1812. Later after leaving the U.S.R.C.S. Cahoone purchased the damaged ship H.M.S. Endeavor, Captain Cook's former flagship and used portions to build a packet.

Condition:Light even toning, a couple of minor spots, and margin tears, VG-.

Estimate: $300 - $500


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