H.M.S. Victory - A Gold Inlaid Toothpick Case, 1830
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Length: 7cm x (2.75in)
Gold and HMS Victory timber. rectangular case almost certainly being made of from timber taken from Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar fought on 21 October 1805, applied with a gold plaque to the hinged lid, inscribed ‘Nelson’s / VICTORY / 21 Oct 1805’.
The National Maritime Museum contains a small group of toothpick cases with naval or Nelsonian associations - including an ivory example (OBJ0237) given by Emma Hamilton to Nelson's niece, Charlotte Mary Hood, Duchess of Bronté (1787-1873); and another in 18 carat gold given by Frances Nelson to Rear Admiral Nelson in 1797