Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson collectibles
Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson collectibles comprise various items of memorabilia attached to the English flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy.
Collectible pieces attached to Nelson – particularly those from key moments in his life, such as the Battle of Trafalgar – have sold for six-figure prices at auction.
Value on the collectors’ markets
According to market analysis, the value of a signed letter grew from £8,950 to £9,500 between the years 2010 and 2011 – a rise equivalent to 6.15%.
Lord Nelson's Breast Star of the Order of the Bath
Lord Nelson's Breast Star of the Order of the Bath, a unique military medal awarded to Viscount Horatio Nelson in 1797, was sold at auction in October 2010 for an undisclosed sum.
Main article: Lord Nelson's Breast Star of the Order of the Bath
Flag from HMS Victory
Flags from history remain popular, and valued, among collectors – including flags from the HMS Victory which Nelson commanded at the Battle of Trafalgar.
There have been three recorded sales of the HMS Victory flags, including one from The Enys Collection. Sold by Bonhams in 2004, the small strip was estimated at £10,000-15,000 and sold for £47,800 ($78,870).
Another piece of the Victory flag was sold by UK dealer Paul Fraser Collectibles for £75,000 ($123,750).
Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton locket’
The Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton locket is an 18th century gold locket pendant which is believed to contain locks of Lord Horatio Nelson and the hair of Lady Hamilton’s, to whom he was romantically and scandalously linked.
On 27 January 2011, the locket was sold by auction house Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury, England. The locket was purchased by Sandra Cronan, a London based jewellery dealer on behalf of "an important collector" for a price of £44,000.
Main article: Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton locket