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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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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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