A remarkable archive of material from the descendants of a Quaker whaling family is to be offered at auction in Surrey, including a commemorative leather glove and a album of correspondence.
A rare white kid leather glove (pictured above), carrying printed portrait medallions of George Washington and Lafayette, captioned Lafayette - Grateful Welcome to the Friend of our Illustrious Washington, Duty entered According to Act of Congress is among the lots.
It comes for sale with an old letter of provenance inscribed Lafayette Glove, Presented to George Starbuck by Mrs. Myers, who received it from the United States of America - I believe. Mrs. Myers is the wife of one of the Ministers.
This glove, a type often worn by women who met Lafayette during his tour, comes for sale at Catherine Southon at Farleigh Court Golf Club, Selsdon in Surrey on February 8 with an estimate of £400-600.
It is part of a remarkable archive of material from descendants of the Starbucks, a Quaker whaling family influential in both the abolitionist movement and the founding of Nantucket as a whaling centre. Loyalist members of the family emigrated to Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire after independence.
Leading the archive is a 60-page album of early 19th century correspondence compiled by prominent abolitionist Samuel Starbuck. It includes a heavily inscribed copy of Storage of the British Slave Ship Brookes under the Regulated Slave Trade, Act of 1788, the infamous print of a slave ship detailing the numbers and conditions of prisoners. Starbuck writes: “This engraving therefore, speaks for itself. It shows that the sufferings of the poor slaves, for want of room.”
The album is estimated at £6000-8000.