Sale Highlights

Since 2002, I've managed the sale of ten out of the twelve highest priced artefacts belonging to Nelson including the undisclosed record price for his gold pocket watch. Here are some highlights of those and other memorable sales and exhibitions I've been involved with.

Flag fragment and ticket from Nelson’s funeral »

LAURENCE HALLORAN (1765-1831), CHAPLAIN OF HMS BRITANNIA AT THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR The Battle of Trafalgar: a poem [London, 1806] Author’s copy. First edition, 8vo, half cloth, marbled boards; With supplementary additions of a ticket to Lord Nelson’s funeral, an ALS to the author from Admiral Sir Robert Calder (1745-1818) and a fragment of the Union flag flown […]

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Re-discovered portrait of Nelson’s Hardy as master’s mate in HMS Hebe, 1791 »

PORTRAIT MINIATURE OF VICE ADMIRAL SIR THOMAS MASTERMAN HARDY (1769-1839) as master’s mate in HMS Hêbé, painted by Frederick Buck (1765-1840) probably in April 1791 EARLIEST KNOWN IMAGE OF ADMIRAL NELSON’S CLOSE FRIEND AND MOST TRUSTED CAPTAIN Hardy is shown looking right with powdered hair wearing the uniform of a master’s mate. Watercolour on ivory, oval approx. 65mm […]

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The Stowe Basket »

A GEORGE III SILVER CAKE BASKET BY EDWARD ALDRIDGE, LONDON, 1762 Shaped oval with gadroon borders, ribbed swing handle, fretwork sides and foot, centre later engraved with arms accollé, base inscribed with scratch-weight 34=4 14 ¼ in. long (36.3 cm.); 31.5 oz. (976 gm.) The arms are for Richard Plantaganet Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos Grenville, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and […]

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The Inferno Silver Chamber Candlestick by Castellani, Rome, circa 1865 »

Designed as three demons kneeling round a bed of flames on which another demon sits, its arms curved to support a candle and its tail looped as a handle. The three smaller demons serve as the feet of the chamber candlestick and seem to pay homage, each in its own way, to the seated devil […]

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Captain Thomas Dundas’ Trafalgar Silver Cup »

  A large silver cup, plain with tapering half-fluting and reeded edge standing on circular foot, engraved with a coat of arms within an oak wreath and robe mantling; by Solomon Hougham, London 1802. Height: 205mm / 8 inches Weighs 524 grams / 16 tr oz 16dwt Arms: Argent a lion rampant gules a bordure […]

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Portrait miniature of Captain Richard Bourne RN, founder of P&O »

Rare double-sided portrait miniature of: obverse, Captain Richard Bourne RN (1770-1851), founder of the Peninsular and Orient Steamship Company (P&O); reverse, his wife, Louisa Helena Bourne, née Blake (1797-1865) Irish school circa 1840; watercolour on ivory, oval 78 mm / 3 inches high, mounted in a plain gold frame with pendent loop Provenance: Louisa Blake Mahon, […]

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FIRST OFFICIAL SKETCH OF THE FIELD OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO »

FIRST OFFICIAL SKETCH OF THE FIELD OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO. SURVEYED BY THE ROYAL ENGINEERS TWO DAYS AFTER THE BATTLE WHILE THE WOUNDED LAY ON THE GROUND. Exceptionally rare MS coloured and annotated Sketch of the Ground and of the Battle of Waterloo fought 18th June 1815 surveyed on 20th June 1815 by Captain […]

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Captain Coram’s Cup »

A Fine George I documented silver-gilt cup and cover by Richard Bayley, London 1721 Plain, inverted bell-shape on spreading circular foot, with two scroll handles and detachable domed cover. Inscribed beneath foot: THOMAS CORAM TO HIS GODSON THOMAS CORHAM 1721 In original leather, wood and felt shaped fitted case Height: 174mm / 6 3/4 inches Weight: […]

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Above the salt »

This George III silver salt, with gilded interior, was made by Daniel Pontifex in London 1800. It belonged to Admiral Lord Nelson and probably formed part of a service of silver he purchased after the battle of Copenhagen in 1802 using funds granted him by Lloyd’s Coffee House. Pontifex also supplied the Copenhagen service with […]

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Going to bed with Nelson »

This George III silver chamber candlestick with its extinguisher, made by Thomas Hannam and John Crouch in London 1775, belonged to Admiral Lord Nelson. It is engraved with his San Josef crest granted to Nelson when he was made a knight of the Order of Bath after the battle of Cape St Vincent in February 1797. […]

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