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The Wooden Walls of England - H.M. Ships Victory and Temeraire Snuff Box, 1838
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The Wooden Walls of England - H.M. Ships Victory and Temeraire Snuff Box, 1838

Measurements: Diameter: 6.5cm (2.5in)

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The Wooden Walls of England - H.M. Ships Victory and Temeraire Snuff Box, 1838

Oak and silver. A turned oak snuff box. The oak lid made from the timbers of H.M.S. Temeraire set with a silver plaque and ‘Temeraire’ / & / Victory’. The base made from Victory oak set with a silver escutcheon engraved ‘Victory’ and Nelson’s motto ‘Palmam Qui / Meruit / Ferat’ (He who has earned the palm, let him bear it).
 
The H.M.S. Temeraire (98-guns) went into action immediately astern of Nelson's flagship, H.M.S. Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, During the action Temeraire came to the rescue of the beleaguered Victory, and fought and captured two French ships, winning public renown that was later celebrated in literature and J.M.W. Turner’s masterpiece - ‘The Fighting Temeraire, tugged to her last Berth to be broken up, 1838’.




 

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