Auction 33

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Lot 1806

CHINA: white metal medal, ND [1844], BHM-2315, 45mm, medal by Thomas Halliday "Voyage of the Junk Keying", THE CHINESE JUNK / "KEYING", starboard view of junk ship with three sails set // sixteen line inscription, THE FIRST JUNK / THAT EVER ROUNDED / THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, OR / APPEARED IN BRITISH WATERS / HER DIMENSIONS ARE / LENGTH, 160FT, DEPTH OF HOLD, 12FT, / BURDEN, 800 TONS, CHINESE MEASUREMENT / RUDDER, 7 1/2 TONS, MAINSAIL, 9 TONS, / MAINMAST, 85FT LONG FROM DECk / THE SHIP IS BUILT OF TEAK WOOD / SHE SAILED FROM HONG KONG 6TH / DECEMBER 1846, ARRIVED IN / ENGLAND 27TH MARCH 1848 / 477 DAYS FROM CANTON / 'CAPTAIN KELLETT' / COMMANDER, prooflike lustrous fields, About Unc.

This medal commemorated the first Chinese Junk boat to sail from China to England. The Keying was a three-masted, 800-ton Foochow Chinese trading junk which sailed from Hong Kong China in 1846 around the Cape of Good Hope first to the New York and Boston in the United States and then to Britain in 1848.

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