Tue, 10th May 2016 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Courageous')

 
  Lot 75
 

75

A VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ LOCKET OF EMMA HAMILTON WITH...

A VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ LOCKET OF EMMA HAMILTON WITH PROBABLE LOCK OF NELSON'S HAIR BEHIND, CIRCA 1805-6
depicting Emma, looking to sea and releasing a dove whilst clutching an open cage resting on a pediment inscribed NELSON / Obt21Octr / 1805 glazed with verre églomisé border, the reverse with curl of fine grey-blonde hair set on a maroon silk backing, gilt brass frame and suspension loop -- 2in. (5cm.) high
The hair sample included in this lot closely matches verified examples seen and sold. As is well recorded, Emma was given all of Nelson's hair and was, initially at least, generous in presenting clips to well wishers. This locket may have been commissioned by Emma to give to important well wishers, or possibly a sympathetic admirer, both of whom thought it beyond reason to state its provenance.

Sold for £1,984
Estimated at £400 - £600

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition report
fine and original condition overall.

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.

 
A VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ LOCKET OF EMMA HAMILTON WITH PROBABLE LOCK OF NELSON'S HAIR BEHIND, CIRCA 1805-6
depicting Emma, looking to sea and releasing a dove whilst clutching an open cage resting on a pediment inscribed NELSON / Obt21Octr / 1805 glazed with verre églomisé border, the reverse with curl of fine grey-blonde hair set on a maroon silk backing, gilt brass frame and suspension loop -- 2in. (5cm.) high
The hair sample included in this lot closely matches verified examples seen and sold. As is well recorded, Emma was given all of Nelson's hair and was, initially at least, generous in presenting clips to well wishers. This locket may have been commissioned by Emma to give to important well wishers, or possibly a sympathetic admirer, both of whom thought it beyond reason to state its provenance.