Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson

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Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805), Lemuel Francis Abbott, 1799.

  • 100% Silk
  • Hand Rolled
  • Designed and Printed in Britain
  • 42cm x 42cm

This pocket square features a portrait depicting Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805, when he was a rear-admiral and wearing the corresponding uniform of the 1795-1812 pattern, with gold epaulettes. His empty right sleeve is pinned across the front of his coat, a reminder that he lost his right arm at Santa Cruz, in July 1797. The following year, he won a decisive victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile and remained in the Mediterranean to support the Kingdom of Naples against a French invasion. He subsequently commanded the blockade of the French and Spanish fleets at Toulon and, after their escape, chased them to the West Indies and back but failed to bring them to battle.

After a brief return to England, he took over the Cádiz blockade in 1805. On 21 October 1805, the Franco-Spanish fleet came out of port, and Nelson's fleet engaged them at the Battle of Trafalgar. The battle was Britain's greatest naval victory, but during the action, Nelson, aboard HMS Victory, was fatally wounded by a French sharpshooter. His body was brought back to England where he was accorded a state funeral.

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