Rare East India Company chart case

By Anonymous, 1830 

[East India Company Purser’s Document and Chart Case].

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publication date: c1830
  • Physical description: Black leather purser’s case, with some fine leather work, and brass clasp, brass plaque inscribed Mr F. H. Halpen H.E.I.C.S., lined in blue cloth.
  • Dimensions: 450 by 640 by 125mm (17.75 by 25.25 by 4.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2980


This fine leather case lined in blue cloth was the once the property of Mr F. H. Halpen (or Halpin), a purser aboard the East Indiaman Farquharson.

The Asiatic Journal records three voyages where Mr Halpin was purser:

1. 1828–29 — to Bengal and China
2. 1830–31 — to Bengal and China
3. 1832–33 — to Bombay and China.

The H.E.I.C.S. Farquharson at 1300 tons was one of the larger vessels chartered by the East India Company, she is known to have undertaken 6 voyages to the Far East, under the direction of Captain Christian Lockmer. 

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