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  • Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson's Snuff Box
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    Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson's Snuff Box

    £45,000.00

    • A hugely rare and intimate piece of British history: Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson's snuff box

    Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson (1758–1805) is one of the most celebrated figures in British history, best remembered for his heroic efforts during the Napoleonic wars.

    Nelson's career as a naval officer saw him lead the British fleet to several victories, during which he suffered injuries, including the loss of his right arm and the sight in his right eye.

    His most famous victory came in October 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar, in which the Royal Navy decimated the combined fleets of the French and Spanish navies.

    Prior to the battle, Nelson sent out the famous message "England expects that every man will do his duty". Tragically, he was shot by a French sniper and died on board his ship the HMS Victory mid battle.

    His body was returned to England where he was granted a state funeral, and numerous monuments were erected in his honour, including Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London.

    This tortoiseshell composition snuff box was originally owned by Lord Nelson, and features a miniature watercolour scene of the Amalfi coast on the top.

    The box was gifted by Nelson to his personal secretary George Unwin, during a dinner party in Sicily in late 1798 or early 1799 which was also attended by Nelson's mistress, Emma, Lady Hamilton.

    Nelson had first met Hamilton in 1793 and the pair were reunited in 1798 following the Battle of the Nile.

    Having been severely injured, Nelson recuperated in Naples, during which time he was nursed back to health by Lady Emma and her elderly husband, Sir William Hamilton.

    It was during this period that Nelson and Hamilton began their famous love affair, which lasted until Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

    It seems highly possible that Nelson gave this gift to Unwin as a show of generosity, in an attempt to impress his mistress over dinner.

    The snuff box is offered along with a manuscript letter by Unwin's son, George, which reads in full:

    "My Father had either lost his own snuff box on going ashore or in some shop in Palermo and upon mentioning the circumstances at Lady Hamilton’s table where Lord Nelson was one of the party his Lordship handed over to him this identical box and desired him to keep it until he could get a better one."

    The box was later passed down to Unwin's own son George, then via his wife Anne Oxenham to her brother Rev. William Oxenham, and by descent through the family for several generations.

    A beautiful and rare item from one of Britain’s most famous heroes, and a small piece connected to one of history's greatest love affairs.

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  • Afghanistan 1878-80. Afghan War Medal
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    Afghanistan 1878-80. Afghan War Medal

    £3,750.00

    Afghanistan 1878-80. The Second Afghan War Medal to Private W. Hazzell, 66th Foot, killed in action at Maiwand on 27 July 1880. Afghanistan 1878-80, no clasp (B/1407 Pte. W. Hazzell, 66th Foot). Nearly extremely fine. A scarce and desirable casualty.
  • Baron Manfred Von Richthofen Hair
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    Baron Von Richthofen Authentic Strand of Hair

    £399.00

    • A guaranteed genuine strand of hair from Manfred Von Richtofen, aka The Red Baron 

    Manfred Von Richthofen widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during World War I.

    He is considered the ace-of-aces of the First World War being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any other pilot from that war.

    By the time of his death in April 1918 he had become a national hero in Germany and remains arguably the most widely known fighter pilot of all time, immortalised in countless films and books.

    This is a guaranteed genuine half inch strand of Baron Von Richthofen's hair presented on a display card. 

    See image for copy of the Charles Hamilton Certificate of Authenticity. 

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  • Great Britain. Military General Service 1793-1814
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    Great Britain. Military General Service 1793-1814

    £1,800.00

    Great Britain. Military General Service 1793-1814, one clasp, Corunna (A Holloway, 1st Foot Guards), a couple minor edge bruises, otherwise good, very fine.

    Private Aaron Holloway volunteered for the army reserve of the 66th regiment in August 1803 recorded at the time as a labourer from Aldermaston aged 22 years. He marched with the other volunteers to Winchester and enlisted in the 1st Foot Guards on 1st October 1803. Served with the first battalion a Corunna with Sir John Moore and with Lt. Colonel Townsend's company at Waterloo where they suffered 60% casualties.

    He retired on pension on the 12th April 1823 with 21 years 292 days pensionable service (2 years added for Waterloo) and became a Chelsea out pensioner.

     

    The retreat to Corunna was carried out amidst the very worst of the Spanish winter made worse by the total breakdown of the Commissariat which in turn led to widespread indiscipline amongst the troops resulting in a loss of over 3000 men. The 1st Foot Guards were one of the few regiments to maintain discipline and figured heavily in the ensuing battle where the Army sustained a further 900 casualties. Mortally wounded at the height of the battle General Sir John Moore survived long enough to see British Victory and died knowing he had done his duty. The 1st Foot guards were given the singular honour of pall bearers at his funeral.

  • Omar Bradley Autograph
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    Omar Bradley Autograph

    £295.00

    • An autograph from US five-star general Omar Bradley 

    Omar Bradley (1893-1981) retains the distinction of being the last man appointed a five-star rank since World War II and the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Upon joining the United States Army, he impressed his superiors and rose through the ranks. Bradley was given command of the 82nd Infantry Division after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. Until leaving to serve in North Africa, he was given command of the 28th Division.

    He partook in the conquest of Sicily in the summer of 1943, and then placed in charge of the 1st US Army. While based in Britain, he assisted with the planning of D-Day. 

    General Omar Bradley has signed and dedicated this 3.5 x 5 inch album page. It reads: "Best regards to John Kirton, Omar N Bradley."

    The note is in pristine condition, the blue ink of the signature crisp and unblemished.

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  • Rambahadur Limbu Autograph
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    Rambahadur Limbu Autograph

    £295.00

    • A list of Victoria Cross recipients signed by Gurkha officer Rambahadur Limbu 

    Nepalese Rambahadur Limbu (1939-) rose to the rank of Captain, as a Queen's Gurkha Officer, and was awarded the Member of the Fifth Class of the Royal Victorian Order.

    A list of recipients of the Victoria Cross, entitled "For Valour", is printed in colour on yellow card and measures 18" x 10". Rambahadur Limbu's autograph lies diagonally across the upper left portion of the document, "RBLimbu V.C.".

    The "Life Story: Rambahadur Limbu, VC", published by The Gurkha Welfare Trust, is also included. Measuring 8" x 10", the book chronicles Limbu's experiences and features photographs of his private and public life.

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  • Sir Oliver Leese (WWII general) Personal Photograph Albums
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    Sir Oliver Leese (WWII general) Personal Photograph Albums

    £4,950.00

    • Photograph album of Sir Oliver Leese, 3rd Baronet, KCB, CBE, DSO - British general and commander of the Eighth Army
    • Contains 200 photographs charting the general's career
    • Includes many handwritten notations, with many of the photographs dated

    Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese (1894-1978) was a British General during World War II, who succeeded Bernard Montgomery as commander of the Eighth Army.

    He also served during World War I, commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. Having been wounded three, including during the Somme offensive of 1916 (for which he was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO).

    Following the First World War, Leese carved an illustrious career in the army, serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the British Expeditionary Force and training the 29th Infantry Brigade.

    As commander of the Eighth Army, he was present as the fourth and final Battle of Monte Cassino. He also commanded the army for Operation Olive on the Gothic Line later in 1944.

    This item is a wonderful collection of over 200 black and white photographs mounted into two large albums, covering Leese's life from 1906-1914 and 1927-1938.

    The beautiful albums, which contain slight age wear to the spine, contain many early images of Leese with his fellow students alongside trophies for cricket, rugby and football.

    Beneath most of the images, which are of varying sizes, are notes annotated by Leese, identifying the dates, occasions and subjects of the photographs. A few pages have been neatly removed from the albums, but otherwise they are in fine condition.

    These high-quality photographs provide a wonderful insight into Lee's career prior to World War II. 

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  • The Trafalgar Collection of historical Lord Nelson & HMS Victory artefacts
    • A spectacular collection of memorabilia associated with Admiral Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar (1805)

    Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was a British naval officer famous for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson was known for his superb leadership skills and somewhat unconventional strategies. Nelson was involved in battle almost constantly between 1793 until his death in 1805.

    During this time he lost the sight in his right eye at the Battle of Calvi in Corsica and lost his right arm at Santa Cruz in Tenerife. 

    Admiral Lord Nelson is remembered as one of the greatest British war heroes in history. He died during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

    The Trafalgar Collection is a unique limited edition collection of Lord Nelson and HMS Victory historical artefacts that has taken over 25 years to assemble. Only 1805 were ever made.

    This remarkable collection of memorabilia contains:

    1. A small piece of original wood from HMS Victory. This wood was salvaged during the ship's restoration, with a royalty paid to the 1922 'Save the Victory Fund'. The wood's provenance is authenticated by Lt. Cmdr. John Scivier RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Victory.
    1. A small piece of white ensign flag from HMS Victory. Understood to have formed part of the catafalque (the platform used to carry the coffin) at Lord Nelson's funeral procession. C.Wesley Cowan, an expert on the US Antiques Roadshow, states "it is in my opinion that this flag is 100% authentic and beyond dispute".
    1. A strand of Lord Nelson's hair. This hair was acquired from British Naval Auction experts Charles Miller Ltd Auctions in London, United Kingdom with the following description: "A generous curl of typically fine pale hair... conforms very closely to other known hair examples of Lord Nelson's late-period hair. It is well recorded that Emma Hamilton was given Nelson's hair among other things".
    1. A piece of Lord Nelson's handkerchief. Acquired from International Autograph Auctions with the following provenance: "This handkerchief formerly belonged to Lord Nelson and was given by John Braham to John Dickinson, Solicitor of Broad Street, City in the year 1828". John Braham (c1774-1856) was an English tenor, one of Europe's leading opera singers. Lord Nelson was present at a performance by the singer at Livorno, Italy in 1799.

    The collection is beautifully framed and double mounted to a size of 19 x 16 inches and includes images of Lord Nelson and HMS Victory. At the base of the frame is a description of the collection and full provenance is provided within an information pack that accompanies the collection.

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