Current Exhibitions

Here are some fascinating and historic items I am currently offering for sale.

Oliver Cromwell’s Watch »

A mid-17th Century Puritan silver fob watch by William Clay, circa 1645, verge movement with gut fusee and worm-and-wheel set up, the top plate with pierced balance cock engraved William Clay fecit, supported on truncated pyramidal Egyptian pillars, the circular face having a single steel beetle hand, Roman numerals and 15-minute chapter within an outer […]

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Captain Broke’s sea-going silver dishes from HMS Shannon »

A graduated set of four George III seagoing silver meat dishes by William Stroud, London 1811, decorated with the coat of arms and crest of Captain Philip Broke RN (1776-1841), commander of HMS Shannon in the famous action with USS Chesapeake in 1813. Each plain oval with gadroon edging, dimensions respectively approx: 15 x 11 […]

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Silver cup for Surgeon at Waterloo »

WATERLOO INTEREST: A George III antique silver cup and cover Mitchell & Russell, Edinburgh 1818 A fine and large antique silver cup and cover, body with gadrooning and fruit and floral decoration, standing on reeded foot, engraved, obverse, with family coat of arms and motto of HUNTER and, reverse, with regimental badge and motto of […]

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Newly-rediscovered portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton as Ariadne »

RICHARD WESTALL RA (1765–1836) Portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton as Ariadne; shown half-length on a couch, turned to right and looking up, wearing a loose gown which partially reveals her breast; rocks with foliage in the background Oil on canvas PUBLISHED: Mezzotint engraved by W.T.Annis (active 1798-1812) EXHIBITED: Probably Royal Academy,1805 as ‘Richard Westall… 190. […]

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Peterloo Magistrates Cup »

PETERLOO MASSACRE INTEREST: A monumental Regency silver-gilt presentation cup and cover, Peter and William Bateman, London, 1812, PRESENTED TO ONE OF THE MAGISTRATES AT PETERLOO. vase form with borders of military trophies including shields, swords, drums, cannon and cannon balls, plumed helmets and laurel, applied obverse with a similar trophy pendant suspended from crossed fasces, […]

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Wellington’s Commanding Engineer in the Peninsula Wars »

A large George III oval silver salver, plain with double beaded border standing on four bracket feet, centre engraved with the family crest of Jones for General Sir John Thomas Jones (1783-1843). By John Scofield, London 1780. Dimensions approx: 18 x 14 inches / 4575 x 1015 mm £4950 This silver tray belonged to Sir […]

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Nelson’s Lost Jewel »

To coincide with the publication of my new book “Nelson’s Lost Jewel: The Extraordinary Story of the Lost Diamond Chelengk”, celebrated London jewellers Symbolic & Chase commissioned an exact replica of the fabled lost jewel based on a drawing of the Chelengk discovered in the College of Arms. Made by master goldsmith Philip Denyer, the […]

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Hat Cockade Worn by Sir Philip Broke in the action with the Chesapeake June 1st 1813 »

Plain circular wooden box containing a black Royal Navy cockade waterproofed for sea service, box with applied plaque inscribed: “Cockade Worn by SIR PHILIP BROKE In the action with the CHESAPEAKE June 1st 1813″ Diameter of box: 100 mm / 3 7/8 inches Height of box approx: 25 mm / 1 inch Diameter of cockade approx:  80 […]

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A late 18th century French polychrome decorated carved wooden figure »

This rare carved figure is a relic of the little-known Royalist rebellion and counter revolution in the Vendée region of south-west France during the French revolution. Like the Chouannerie uprising in the west of France, the rebellion in the conservatively minded and strongly Catholic rural region was sparked by the brutal suppression of the clergy […]

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