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Boulton's Trafalgar Medal in white metal, Matthew Boulton / CH Kuchler, Birmingham, 1805
as given by Matthew Boulton to Seamen and Marines present at the Battle, struck by Matthew Boulton from dies engraved by CH Kuchler, obverse: uniformed bust of Nelson, left, after a wax portrait by Catherine Andras, reverse: a view of the opening stages of the battle, after Richard Clevely, 'England expects every man will do his duty' on a banner around, edge: with incuse impressed lettering 'To the Heroes of Trafalgar from M Boulton'
4.8cm. diameter; 2in.
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Provenance

Sotheby’s London, Trafalgar: Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars, 5 October 2005, lot 194

Catalogue Note

These medals were produced and distributed at Boulton’s personal expense. It is probable that 16,163 were struck in white metal (or ‘grain tin’ as it was known at Soho), an inexpensive material which nevertheless shows the design of the medal to full effect when new.

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