Salver presented to Captain Benjamin Bell of the Hudson’s Bay Company ship 'Emerald' - ROM2006_6916_2

ROM2006_6916_2

Salver presented to Captain Benjamin Bell of the Hudson’s Bay Company ship 'Emerald'

Maker: Ebenezer Coker (English, active c. 1728-1783)
Medium:Silver
Geography: London, England
Date: 1766-1777
Dimensions:
3.0 (height) x 18.3 (outside diameter) cm
Object number: 989.119.1
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Trust
Not on view
DescriptionIn 1817, this salver was presented to Captain Benjamin Bell of the Hudson’s Bay Company ship Emerald in recognition of his aid to the people of Moose Factory, who suffered starvation in 1816. It is known as the “year without a summer” when the Northern Hemisphere was exposed to extraordinarily cold temperatures, caused by a veil of volcanic ash in the stratosphere from the eruption of Mount Tambora (Indonesia) in 1815. Moose Factory was a trading post on James Bay and administrative centre for the southern department of Rupert’s Land, the vast northern territory of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
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