Posted 10 months ago
Hello Everyone :o)
I have a small collection of items inherited from my ancestor.
He was an officer in the English Royal Navy, dying in Jamaica toward the end of the 1830s.
This one is a complete mystery to me.
It's a flat silver thingy, two inches long. There are grooves down the long sides and a small hole at the top (to hang it by I guess). There are two indentations on the photographed side, that get deeper to a small round pit in the middle. They're surrounded by what looks like a tree pattern and the inscription "Lima 1820". On the other side, there is a single indentation in the centre with his fore and surnames engraved above and below. The engraving is the same pattern, but with four flowers around the circle.
I really like it, because we have the same surname and it's a connection to the family past, and history in general. Makes me want to research his life and my family tree, which I was never interested in before!
I'd be really happy if anyone could tell me what it is - is it something that would be used on a regular basis?
I'm also curious about the pattern - whether it represents anything, or is typical of Peru at the time?
I started cleaning it a little, just by rubbing it between my fingers and keeping it in my pocket. Is this a good idea, or should I leave it black?
Thanks for looking at it!!