April 2016 Treasure of the Month

The April 2016 Treasure of the Month is this magnificent 1715 Fleet gold chain, together with a seldom seen original Real Eight Kip Wagner-signed Certificate.

Certificate Signed by Kip Wagner
Certificate Signed by Kip Wagner

 

The chain is 42″ in length and weighs 125 g. It is assumed about 22 kt. There is an additional link hanging from the chain that may have held a pendant.

April 2016 Treasure of the Month

This chain has a rather special history. Original Real Eight member Lou Ullian was shown this chain a few years before he passed in 2010. Remarkably, Lou remembered this particular chain because of the additional link hanging from the chain which was a distinctive characteristic of the piece. He recalled that the chain was found in 1964 on the Cabin WreckWreck site, underneath a cannon.

 

A page out of the personal log book Lou maintained at that time contained an entry that seems to verify this.

Page from Journal of Lou Ullian
Page from Journal of Lou Ullian

 

The entry reads:


Cabin Wreck:
15 to 18 Cannon large 8 ½’ – 9’ long 200’ – 250’ off shore 1 Anchor Lots of Silver coin 1 chain small Gold same area


 

This chain also has a Hollywood connection having been pictured in a History Channel documentary on the 1715 Fleet and also featured on an episode of Pawn Stars.

The item is from the private collection of David Vapnitsky, who is an advanced collector of vintage Fleet-related material.

 

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