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Nelson, Horatio Lord
LOCK OF HIS HAIR
sandy colour, tied with gold thread, housed behind glass in a circular silver locket (30mm circumference), engraved "LORD NELSON'S HAIR TRAFALGAR OCTR 21 1805"
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Provenance

Admiral Charles Tyler, thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Admiral Sir Charles Tyler (1760-1835) had sailed under Nelson in the Mediterranean in the mid-1790s and captained HMS Tonnant at Trafalgar (see next lot). He almost certainly befriended Emma Hamilton when stationed in the Mediterranean, and their friendship is attested by Nelson, who in 1801 invited Tyler to dine on HMS St George to celebrate "Santa Emma's birthday ... I know you are one of her votarys" (quoted in Wyndham-Quin, Sir Charles Tyler (1912), p.115). After Nelson's death Emma Hamilton wrote to Tyler pleading that "if you ever come this way, pray call and see me that we may speak of past time - happy times never more to be recalled" (12 September 1808, quoted in Wyndham-Quin, p.168). It is entirely fitting and plausible that Emma Hamilton would have gifted to Tyler a precious lock of Nelson's hair. As he lay dying, Nelson asked Hardy to "let Lady Hamilton have my hair" and Hardy duly delivered the hair to her on his return to England (see Prentice, The Authentic Nelson (2005), p.167). She left Nelson's pigtail to Horatia but made a number of gifts of small locks to family and other fellow mourners. This lock of hair is recorded in Wyndham-Quin, p.204.

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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