William IV Presentation Tankard
A large William IV Presentation Tankard, London 1835, John Tapley, the body decorated with two bands of chased decoration: – the upper band composed of roses, thistles and shamrocks, the lower band of oak leaves and acorns. The tankard lid has a final composed of two shells. The front of the tankard is engraved: ‘Presented by the Passengers of the Packet Ship Quebec on her first Voyage from New York to London to her Commander Captain Frederick H. Hebard as a testimonial of respect for his character and conduct as a Seaman and a Gentleman 1836.’
Captain Hebard had a long career commanding ships on regular packet sailings between New York and London. His first command, in 1827, was ‘The Leeds’ of the Liverpool Blue Swallowtail Line. The voyage of the Quebec, which arrived off Portsmouth on the 3rd November, 18236, and Gravesend on the 8th, was its maiden sailing and Captain Hebard, according to the ‘Hampshire Advertiser’ of December 3rd, was ‘presented with a splendid silver vase, cover, and flagon, by the passegers’ …’for his gentlemanly conduct and attention during the journey home’.
According to ‘The Standard’ of 29th August, 1843, the Quebec was a vessel of 653 tons, capable of carrying 47 Cabin and 70 Intermediate and Steerage passengers, as well as a goods cargo. Captain Hebard also commanded ‘The Hannibal’ and ‘The London’, his last command from 1848 to 1852. He clearly accumulated a considerable fortune in his career, working for Grinnell, Minturn & Company for thirty-five years, and gave $20,000 towards establishing a hospital in Brooklyn. Born in November 1799, the son of Samuel Hibbard and Lucy [Hovey], he married Margaret Flora Emanuel, circa 1824, and he died in 1856.
Height 23.70 cm; Width 23.50 cm;
Depth 16.70 cm.
Weight 1482.70 gms.