Lot 15: Glass trade bead recovered from the H.M.S. Bounty
12th February 2017
(Bligh, William), Glass trade bead recovered from the wreckage site of the H.M.S. Bounty, , before 1787. Blue glass spherical trade bead, approximately 1 cm in diameter. Secured in a recessed mounting, attractively matted and framed along with a color print illustrating the H.M.S. Bounty and a descriptive plaque. Overall 27x49.5 cm (10¾x19½"). Recovered from the H.M.S. Bounty wreck site by National Geographic Society diver and explorer Luis Marden along with other artifacts that had sunk with the Bounty when she was burned by a band of mutineers led by Master's Mate, Fletcher Christian in January of 1790. This bead is one of a small number found, all of which were acquired from Marden by noted Bounty collector Tony Probst. Eight of the beads were later traded by Probst to our consignor, letters from both Probst and our consignor accompany the lot. Condition: Fine.
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