H.M.S. Hastings, a 74-gun vessel built in Calcutta for the East India Company was sold soon after construction in 1819 to the Royal Navy. In the mid 1830s, it was under the command at Lisbon of Captain Henry Shiffner (1789-1859) at Lisbon, bearing the flag of Rear Admiral Sir William Hall Gage (1777-1864). Dr. W. Martin, the ship’s surgeon, was one of the signatories to the autopsy of Auguste Charles Eugène Napoléon, Duke of Leuchtenberg (Milan, 9 December 1810 – Lisbon, 28 March 1835) who had been married two months before on 26 January to Dona Maria II of Portugal (1819-1853), daughter of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil. For another snuff box relating to Queen Maria I of Portugal, see lot 495 in this sale.
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