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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1736-1737 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lukin, William (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel-gilt mounts, enamel and wooden backing.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 20

Physical description

Silver, in the centre a gilt anchor and cable on red enamelled ground, surrounded large silver scrolls and dolphins, maritime trophies and mathematical instruments.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1736-1737 (made)


Lukin, William (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel-gilt mounts, enamel and wooden backing.

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1736-7, maker's mark WL for William Lukin.

Mark of William Lukin


Height: 26 cm, Width: 20 cm, Depth: 3 cm circa, Weight: 28.12 troy

Object history note

Gift - The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty

Acquisition RF: Lords Com. of Admiralty

Historical significance: The Admiralty barge was used on the Thames prior to the building of the London Embankment in 1864-1870. The design is close to the work of William Kent and may possibly be attributed to him. The trumpets, dolphins, sextants are symbols associated with the Admiralty which all feature on the overmantel carved by Grinling Gibbons in the Admiralty Board Room.

Historical context note

This badge was originally worn by the coxswains of the Admiralty Barge. The example in the Society of Antiquaries is still attached to its original red felt backing lined with blue.

Of the 44 badges remaining in 1863, 24 were sold, 15 were sent to the mint for making into seamen’s Long Service Medals and 5 were distributed to the Admiralty, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum( 1863,0920.1) and the Society of Antiquaries (LD SAL404).

Taken from a memorandum dated 10 July 1990 by P.A.W. Raine, Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy, Flag Lieutenant to the Admiralty Board in the object file at the Society of Antiquaries.

Descriptive line

Silver, parcel-gilt and enamel, London hallmarks for 1736-7, mark of William Lukin

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

V&A Catalogue 1920, No. 106
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, Second Series, vol.II, p.295, 19 November 1863.
Doran, Susan, ed., with Robert J. Blyth. Royal River. Power, Pageantry & the Thames. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 27 April - 9 September 2012. London: Scala 2012. ISBN 9781857597004


Silver; Gold; Enamel


Raising; Repoussé; Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Dolphin (animal); Scrolls (motifs); Anchor; Navigation instruments; Cable


Ceremonial objects; Clothing; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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