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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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Dining with Admiral Lord Nelson »

This important 26 piece collection of silver flatware from Lord Nelson’s personal service – the largest group remaining in private hands – illustrates the evolution of the admiral’s armorial bearings as he accumulated honours and titles in the years leading to his death at Trafalgar.  The earliest pieces dated 1796/7 and made by London silversmiths William […]

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The Sheridan Grant silver dishes: love and scandal (and a duel) »

A set of four William IV silver second course dishes each plain shaped circular with gadroon, acanthus leaf and shell border and bowl recess, engraved with two armorials by John Harris, London 1834. 10 1/2″ (262 mm) diameter; 97 tr.oz. (3019 grams) 1. Arms of SHERIDAN, Vert a lion rampant between three trefoils slipped for […]

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Pushing the boat out: Captain Henry Blackwood’s silver jolly boats »

A very rare pair of George III Old Sheffield Plate “Jolly Boat” wine trolleys, circa 1810, engraved with the family crest of Blackwood for Admiral Sir Henry Blackwood (1770-1832). Length of each 33cm (13in) This very rare pair of Old Sheffield Plate double wine coasters recalls one of Admiral Lord Nelson’s most admired frigate captains, and a hero of […]

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Spanish “Golden Age” Jewels »

In association with Corfield Morris Fine Art Advisers and Deborah Elvira, I am representing an extraordinary and exceptional group of gold and gem set jewels recovered in the Caribbean from two Spanish galleons which were lost at sea in the 16th and 17th century. The jewels were found by Tracy Bowden and his team of […]

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The Earl’s Machine »

In 2008, I curated the widely-acclaimed exhibition of a very rare calculating machine invented by the extraordinary and colourful Charles, 3rd Earl Stanhope (1753-1816) at the Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia by courtesy of the Trustees of the Chevening Estate. Chevening in Kent was the home of the Stanhope family for almost 250 years […]

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Warts and All »

In 2013, I wrote the catalogue entry for a plaster cast of the Death-mask of Oliver Cromwell from the collection at Warwick Castle which accompanied an exhibition of miniatures by Samuel Cooper (1607-1672) at Philip Mould & Company, London W1. Oliver Cromwell by Unknown artist, plaster cast of death-mask, probably 19th century When Oliver Cromwell […]

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Dance to fame: silver from the Royal Academy of Arts »

A fine and historic pair of presentation sterling silver entree dishes and covers by Robert Garrard, London 1809, each domed oval with gadroon edging, covers engraved with a family crest and motto: VIRTUTEM SEQUITUR FAMA, interior of dishes similarly engraved in two places. Covers with removable strawberry and leaf finials and further engraved with a presentation […]

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Sir John Herschel’s “horn of Africa” silver beakers »

A pair of silver lined buffalo horn beakers, mounted by Charles Rawlings & William Summers, London 1839, engraved with the crest of Sir John Herschel (1792-1871); height of each approx. 116mm / 4 5/8 inches. This pair of beakers belonged to the famed mathematician and astronomer Sir John Herschel. Son of the celebrated astronomer and discoverer […]

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The face of Nelson »

In 2014, in association with Sotheby’s, I identified, researched and negotiated the sale to the Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth of a newly-discovered life mask in plaster of Admiral Lord Nelson.   The mask, discovered in a private collection in the USA, is a finer example with earlier provenance than two other similar masks: one also at RNM, the other […]

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