Lot 410: An unbelievably rare pair of colored fabric swatches, each .25 x .5, removed from the ensign flag that flew above the HMS Victory during Nelson's victory at Trafalgar on October 21, 1805, and was later placed upon his coffin at his funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral. Both swatches are housed in a .5 x .5 locket, with a color portrait of Nelson opposite the swatches, and suspended from a braided rope necklace. In fine condition, with expected wear, as well as some surface wear to bottom and sides of the locket. After Nelson's victory at Trafalgar—which he did not survive to enjoy—the Victory sailed back to England to prepare for its leader's elaborate state funeral. At the close of the service on January 9, 1806, as Nelson's loyal sailors draped the Victory's flag over his coffin, they proceeded to tear off pieces of the flag as mementoes of their fallen commander. Any artifact associated with Nelson, especially pieces directly from the Victory are extremely rare. Provenance: Ex-Royal United Services Museum.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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