Wed, 26th Oct 2011 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Implacable)

 
  Lot 35
 

35

ADMIRAL LORD NELSON: A LOCK OF HAIR<br/>a generous...

ADMIRAL LORD NELSON: A LOCK OF HAIR
a generous curl of typically fine pale hair, contained in a carved circular agate box with gold band and fragmentary enamel plaque reading 'N.... 05' -- 1¾in. (4.5cm.) diameter

This lock conforms very closely to other known examples of Nelson's late-period hair. It has also curled to the shape of the box indicating it has been there for a very long time. The box is thought to date from about 1800-1810 which fits the time frame very neatly and, had the plaque survived intact, was similar in form to that sold by Messrs Wooley & Wallis, 22nd January, 2011. It is well recorded that Emma Hamilton was given Nelson's hair among other effects.

Sold for £3,968
Estimated at £2,000 - £4,000

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
rim of box has a small loss; lid with small chip, fracture; centre of plaque missing; hair in good condition.

We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

 
ADMIRAL LORD NELSON: A LOCK OF HAIR
a generous curl of typically fine pale hair, contained in a carved circular agate box with gold band and fragmentary enamel plaque reading 'N.... 05' -- 1¾in. (4.5cm.) diameter

This lock conforms very closely to other known examples of Nelson's late-period hair. It has also curled to the shape of the box indicating it has been there for a very long time. The box is thought to date from about 1800-1810 which fits the time frame very neatly and, had the plaque survived intact, was similar in form to that sold by Messrs Wooley & Wallis, 22nd January, 2011. It is well recorded that Emma Hamilton was given Nelson's hair among other effects.