Large silver tray (footed platter) made by John Hutson, engraved Pirate capture

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Large silver tray (footed platter) made by John Hutson, engraved Pirate capture
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Large silver tray (footed platter) made by English silversmith John Hutson, engraved in presentation to William Nowell, captain of HMS Ferret in 1793, for "capture of French privateers," with separate oval plaque (also silver) from 1946 presenting the tray to WWII skipper Robert Wason, with signatures from the National Association of Manufacturers. 3750 grams total; approx. 25" x 17". On February 1, 1793, France declared war on Great Britain and the Netherlands. The 12-cannon brig-sloop HMS Ferret, under Captain Nowell and fresh off a yearlong stint in the Caribbean, subsequently captured six French privateers, as commemorated by this silver platter. This piece was then passed down for two and half centuries before it was presented again, this time with a separate plaque glued on the back, to another ship captain after World War II. In addition to the evident historical value, this item must also be considered for its high intrinsic value. The condition is excellent, with no dents or cuts or scratches, the handles and feet intact and the engraving in the center and hallmarks on bottom very well detailed, same for the separate plaque from 1946.