by Wayne Bednersh

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.

admiral nelson spoon server silver
I have included a ruler and a tea sized spoon to help you judge the size.
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, Germany
I suspect that it was made ca. 1900
The spoon is mostly cast with some minor touch up done by hand

admiral nelson silver statue
Elaborately costumed finial with his left hand on his heart and leaning on his sword

admiral nelson spoon back
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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