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.

Nelson Experience Burnham Thorpe »

Here is the plan for the Nelson Experience at Burnham Thorpe: 2020_11_15 NMRN Burnham Thorpe-compressed

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Lord Castlereagh’s Silver Inkstand »

A George III silver Treasury inkstand Henry Nutting, London, 1805 Rectangular on four scroll feet, the double hinge cover with swing handle and engraved Royal arms of King George III and a coat-of-arms under a coronet of STEWART quartering another with Hobart in pretence for Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, later 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (1769-1822) […]

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“Lord Nelson’s Victory off Trafalgar” rediscovered painting by American artist Mather Brown »

MATHER BROWN (1761-1831) Lord Nelson’s Victory off Trafalgar Oil on Canvas, circa 1805-7. 101.6 x 124.5cm (40 x 49 inches), framed. PROVENANCE: After 1807: Sold by the artist to the “Mayor of Liverpool”, probably John Bridge Aspinall (1758-1830, Mayor of Liverpool in 1804). May 1922: Sold Christie’s, London. 1966: With Hahn & Son, London. 1966-70: […]

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CHARLES DICKENS SILVER MEAT DISH »

A George II silver meat dish, plain oval with gadroon edge, by Samuel Herbert, London 1759, later engraved in two places with the crest of Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Dimensions: 38 x 28cm (15 x 11 inches). Weight: 28.2 oz. approx.. Despite feigning no interest in his family pedigree and mocking the pretensions of those who […]

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Re-discovered painting of the death of Nelson »

The Death of Nelson, 1805 Samuel Drummond (1765-1844)  Oil on canvas, framed, 52 x 62cm. Probably Royal Academy, London, Summer 1806 (catalogue number 505), as Sketch for a death of Lord Nelson Private collection, Somerset. This vivid image might be considered the earliest artistic reaction to the death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar […]

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Founder of the Ionian Academy »

The Honorary Degree awarded in 1819 to Frederick North, fifth Earl of Guilford by Oxford University for his founding of the Ionian Academy, the first Greek academic institution of modern times and forerunner of the University of Athens. Comprising: manuscript on vellum with tasselled ribbon supporting the wax seal of Oxford University within a George […]

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Nelson forgery »

This document is a doctored version with fake signature and seal of a private letter Admiral Lord Nelson wrote to West Indian plantation owner Simon Taylor in June 1805. After Nelson’s death at the battle of Trafalgar, his original letter was manipulated and published by anti-abolitionists ahead of the vote for the abolition of the […]

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Battle of Waterloo Prize Money Silver Tray »

FINE AND RARE GEORGE III TWO HANDLED SILVER PRESENTATION TRAY BY WILLIAM BATEMAN, LONDON 1816. plain with gadroon edge and leaf capped gadroon handles, centre engraved with presentation inscription: PRESENTED by the OFFICERS of the KING’S DRAGOON GUARDS to Edmund Hopkinson Esqr in Testimony of their esteem Dimensions: 580mm x 370mm / 23 1/2″ x […]

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Admiral Lord Nelson’s “Horatia” Service »

CHAMBERLAIN’S WORCESTER WATER PLATE FROM ADMIRAL LORD NELSON’S CELEBRATED “HORATIA” SERVICE Ordered at the factory by Admiral Lord Nelson in August 1802 The circular dish with double skin and hollow handles for filling with hot water, richly-painted in the Chamberlain’s ‘Fine Old Japan’ pattern, number 240, the Imari style floral decoration including pairs of green […]

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Bonnie Prince Charles’s Silver Cup »

This two handled silver cup was made by London silversmith Paul Crespin in 1743. It was presented to Prince Charles Edward Stuart by a Jacobite sympathiser and engraved with his cypher as the Jacobite Prince of Wales. Following the Battle of Culloden and the collapse of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion, the cup was given to […]

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