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VERY RARE NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP PHOEBE, FOR THE CAPTURE, OF THE UNITED STATES 32-GUN FRIGATE ESSEX, OFF VALPARAISO HARBOUR, CHILE, IN MARCH 1814, THE ONLY N.G.S. CLASPS ISSUED FOR AN ACTION IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN PROPER

NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP PHOEBE 28 MARCH 1814 ‘GEORGE FEAR’ unique name on roll and one of just 31 Phoebe 28 March 1814 clasps issued, of which only 21 are to unique names!

George Fear enlisted in the Royal Marines on 17th March 1806, joining HMS Canopus on 13th June 1806 until 10th Feb 1812. On 27th March 1812, he joined HMS Phoebe, being Paid off on 28th August 1815. He was finally discharged as undersize on 29th Sept 1815.

The inherent drama of the chase by Phoebe and final capture of Essex inspired the plot of Patrick O'Brian's novel 'The Far Side of the World’, although in its movie adaptation ‘Master & Commander’ the American frigate is transformed into a French privateer. ‘Hunting the Essex: A Journal of the Voyage of HMS Phoebe 1813-1814’ by Midshipman Allen Gardiner of the Phoebe, gives us unique insights into the actual voyage and hunt for the USS Essex and the Battle of Valparaiso Bay.

Condition only F, reconstituted from original parts. Medal one time swing brooch mounted, resulting in much wear to rim and consequential loss/faintness of naming and plug at 6 o’clock. Naming GEOR*E’ pretty clear and ‘FEAR’ very faint in parts but 100% correct as issued. Condition of medal not to everyone’s taste, however, priced about 25% of what it would be if it was VF

Sold with copy musters, medal rolls and research on CD and ‘Hunting the Essex’ book.

Code J1384        Price £2985