Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st
Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, (1558-1805) is one of
England's most important naval heroes.
His entire life was devoted to serving in the Royal Navy and he
participated in the American war of independence, the French
revolutionary wars, a number of battles in the Mediterranean,
engagements off Toulon and Corsica (where he was captured), the battle
of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Battle of the Nile, the Battle of
Copenhagen and the Cadiz blockade.
His final engagement was the Battle of Trafalgar, which is considered
Britain's greatest military victory, where he was severely wounded and
he died shortly thereafter from complications caused by these
wounds. He was accorded a State Funeral.
Above is a picture of the Lord Nelson statue which stands in Trafalgar
Square in the middle of London (but there are also a number of other
monuments to Nelson) and which is the basis for this spoon design, but
the silversmith also exercised their own discretion and the spoon is
not an exact copy of this monument.
I have included a ruler and a tea sized spoon to help you judge the
This spoon has untraced German marks indicating 800 purity silver.
This spoon is very similar to my Frederick
the Great spoon
which has been traced to J. D. Schleissner and Sohne of Hanau,
I suspect that it was made ca. 1900
The spoon is mostly cast with some minor touch up done by hand
Elaborately costumed finial with his left hand on his heart and leaning
on his sword
The finial is also nicely finished on the back
A tremendous amount of information is available about Admiral
Nelson if you are interested
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