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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.

“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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