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Inscription: engraved in center of tray (in script except for passages in all caps, which are shaded roman): From / A number of Merchants together with / North American & Pennsylvania Insurance Companies / of the / CITY OF PHILADELPHIA / TO (small caps) CAPT. JOHN HODGE / OF THE (small caps) AMERICAN SHIP "SEDGELEY" / In testimony of their high sense of his humane & hazardous exertions / In saving the lives of 160 British Soldiers & Sailors / OF THE "AURORA" TRANSPORT / When sinking, February 2[superscript "nd" with a line under the n] 1796. / With high esteem / Thomas Fitzsimons- Conyngham, Nesbit & Co. / William Cramond.Marking: marked twice on underside: WILTBERGER / & ALEXANDER (in rectangle)marked on underside: [eagle displayed] (in shaped surround)
Captain John Hodge, Philadelphia, from ca. 1796; his daughter, Elizabeth Hodge; descended in the Hodge family; Claire L. Wilson, New York, until died 1967
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