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Fiddle pattern plated stuffingspoon Steamer Forfarshire sunk 1838 Grace Darling

A Victorian SILVER PLATED fiddle pattern stuffing spoon, with apparently unrecorded marks engraved STEAMER FORFARSHIRE .
Price: £1950.00
The Steamer Forfarshire was wrecked on the Farne Islands during a storm on September 5th 1838 and it was only due to the quick action of the keeper at Longstone Lighthouse, William Darling, and his 23 year old daughter Grace that the very few survivors were rescued. Although she died of tuberculosis only 4 years later she had become a national heroine (winning the first silver medal to be issued by the future Royal National Lifeboat Institute in 1838). In 1854 the Grace Darling pub in Melbourne was named in her honour and is still trading today- as one of the longest established hostelries in the city.

Intriguingly the newspapers of the time reported the finding of 'silver spoons' in the water after the wreck and that an auction of the boat and it's contents was held in October 1838 (raising £500- significantly more than expected- as people bought souvenirs). Sadly it is not possible to be certain how this spoon (identical to one in the Grace Darling Museum at Alnmouth) has survived. Further details are available here.

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