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Grace Darling Life Boat Sterling Silver Brooch Pin Antique Victorian 1865

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In memory of Grace Darling the heroin of the seas off the Northumberland coast, this is a simply charming antique sterling silver brooch or pin of a life boat dating from the mid Victorian era.
Grace was born in 1815, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper. Whilst living with her family at the Longstone Lighthouse. In the early hours of 7 September 1838, Grace, looking from an upstairs window, spotted the wreck and survivors of the Forfarshire on Big Harcar, a nearby low, rocky island. The Forfarshire had foundered on the rocks and broken in half; one of the halves had sunk during the night. Grace and her father, William, determined that the weather was too rough for the lifeboat to put out from Seahouses (then North Sunderland), so they took a rowing boat across to the survivors, taking a long route that kept to the lee side of the islands, a distance of nearly a mile (about 1.5 km). Grace kept the rowing boat steady in the water, while her father helped four men and the lone surviving woman, Sarah Dawson, into the boat. William and three of the rescued men then rowed the boat back to the lighthouse. Darling then remained at the lighthouse while William and three of the rescued crew members rowed back and recovered four more survivors.
The silver has been tested as there are no marks, to the rear of the boat is a British Registration mark giving the date of registration as 27th March 1865. There is also a makers mark to the front of the boat 'GR&Co'. Good secure clasp and pin. A wonderful brooch to remember the lost souls at sea and there rescuers.
Size 6.4 x 2.6 cm or 2.5 x 1.0 inches.
Weight 5.5 grams or 3.5 penny weight.