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Bust of  Admiral Lord Nelson
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Bust of Admiral Lord Nelson

Circa 1905

Measurements: Overall: 30cm (12in)



Mounted on a turned wood ebonised base and inscribed 'Made of Copper / from / Nelson's Flagships', and ‘Presented by / British & Foreign / Sailors Society’. Height of bust and integral copper socle 19cm (7.5in)

The copper is a mixture of that stripped from the 80-gun third-rate ship-of-the-line  Foudroyant in to which Nelson transferred his flag after the Battle of the Nile, and H.M.S. Victory. Foudroyant was finally wrecked in 1897  in a storm off Blackpool where she was being exhibited as a historical relic of the Hero and the sailing navy. Victory as a continuously commissioned ship of the Royal Navy underwent periodic refits and was thus an ongoing source of such material.