This decorative armorial plaque or hatchment was produced in England during the 19th century, circa 1880. This fine hand painted scene is on metal and features a detailed family’s armorial crest. At the bottom of the crest we find the hand written script reading ‘Shelvoke’. This item was purchased alongside a circular crest or plaque from the same period commemorating ‘Captain George Shelvocke’. The plaques were probably produced for a family member, likely explaining the dropping of the ‘c’ in Shelvoke as the spelling of family names are known to have evolved over time. Whoever produced the items was a talented artist, perhaps even a professional sign writer.

George Shelvocke History
George Shelvocke (baptised 1 April 1675 – d 30 November 1742) was an English Royal Navy officer and later privateer who in 1726 wrote ‘A Voyage Round the World by Way of the Great South Sea’ based on his exploits. It includes an account of how his second captain, Simon Hatley, shot an albatross off Cape Horn, an incident which provided the dramatic motive in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The ‘Speedwell’ captained by Shelvocke was involved in a 1719 expedition to loot Spanish ships and settlements along the Pacific coast of the Americas. On 25 May 1720 the Speedwell was wrecked on an island of Juan Fernández called Más a Tierra by the Spanish. Shelvocke and his crew were marooned there for five months but managed to build a 20-ton boat using hardware salvaged from the wreck and wood obtained from locally felled trees.

Leaving the island on 6 October, they transferred into their first prize, renamed the ‘Happy Return’, and resumed privateering. They continued up the coast of South America from Chile to Baja California, capturing more vessels along the way, before crossing the Pacific to Macao and returning to England in July 1722.

In England Shelvocke was arrested on charges of fraud at the instigation of the principal shareholders of the voyage, though he avoided conviction through out of court settlements with two of the complainants. They suspected, probably with reason, that he had failed to let them know about a significant portion of the loot obtained from the voyage, and planned to keep it for himself and other members of his crew. In this he likely succeeded.

The plaque is framed in a hardwood frame and is ready to hang. This is a fascinating item, a unique conversation piece. Aside from the books, there is very little art or antiques associated with George Shelvocke. This is the perfect piece for anyone with an interest for all things naval and maritime.

The-is heavy, substantial hatchment is the perfect UNIQUE gift for the maritime collector or relative.Please see our collection of 18th and 19th century art and antiques listed separately in our store.

Measuring: Frame width 9.5 inch (24 cm) by height 12.75 inch (32.5 cm).

Condition: Some age wear, possibly re-varnished to stablise flaking. Two small areas of repair to left feather, one small area to right feather. Old suspension holes to each corner of the metal plaque.

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Black, Brown
Oil Paint
Folk Art, Victorian
Eclectic, English Country, Historical, Marine, Nautical
19th Century

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Antique 19th Century Captain George Shelvocke Tole Armorial Hatchment Plaque, Circa 1880 Naval Maritime


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