The Authentic Nelson

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Format: Trade Book
Pub. Date: 2005-07-01
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"The Authentic Nelson investigates the dispersal of Nelson's possessions and traces their regrouping into public and private collections. It looks at the ways the 'Nelson relics' have been used in museum displays and naval exhibitions, how some of these displays have been the target for burglaries, and how later copies and deliberate fakes have confused the story for collectors and curators. It also traces the history of Nelson's personal and shipboard belongings, from his uniform and clothing, medals and orders, furniture, weapons, telescopes and other equipment, to his watches and jewellery, domestic porcelain and table linen, silver and other valuable presentations." "The second half of the book is a catalogue of the surviving objects once owned by Nelson and now in museum collections and private ownership. It is arranged into sections according to type and ends with the objects relating to his death and funeral. The detailed catalogue descriptions enable comparisons to be made with some of the Nelson material that is still constantly coming to light, and provide an aid to authenticating new discoveries."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Rina Prentice was the curator of antiquities at the National Maritime Museum.

Table of Contents

Author's Preface 6(6)
PART I The Story of Nelson's Possessions
Nelson's Possessions
Nelson in the Saleroom
Nelson Displayed: Museums & Special Exhibitions
A Loss to the Nation
Caveat Emptor: Fakes, Copies & Myths
PART II Catalogue
Uniform & Clothing
Orders & Medals
Jewellery, Personal Accessories & Gifts
Ceramics, Glass & Table Linen
Seagoing Furniture
Weapons & Shipboard Equipment
Nelson's Wounds & Death
Appendix 1 Extracts from Lord Nelson's will 178(2)
Appendix 2 Lloyd's presentation silver 180(1)
Appendix 3 Chamberlain's Worcester porcelain service 181(1)
Footnotes 182(2)
Bibliography 184(2)
Nelson chronology 186(2)
Index 188(4)
Picture acknowledgements 192

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