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China Trade Eagle Plaque

Date: c 1875
Overall: 0.1 kg
Medium: Wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Plaque
Object No: 00015901

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    This China Trade eagle plaque was manufactured in China during the late 19th century. Decorative eagle plaques were carved as souvernirs for Americans trading in China. This plaque hung in the Captain's cabin on board the GREAT ADMIRAL, an American ship active in the China trade.
    SignificanceThese plaques are fine examples of Chinese souvenir carving in wood with designs created for an export market.
    HistoryThis plaque belonged to James F Rowell, Captain of the Boston built medium clipper GREAT ADMIRAL. The GREAT ADMIRAL made several passages to Australia and was active in the China trade. It was built and launched in 1869 by William F. Weld & Co. of Boston and weighed 1,497 tonnes. She was owned by Weld & Co. for 28 years and during that time travelled 726,968 miles in 5,360 sailing days, sailing about 135.6 miles daily.
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    Web title: China Trade Eagle Plaque


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