A painted tin and horn lantern from the Gun Decks of HMS Victory, English, circa 1800
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A painted tin and horn lantern from the Gun Decks of HMS Victory
English, circa 1800
the black-painted tin conical-form with hinged door, the whole with twenty rectangular apertures originally fitted with horn, now retaining several remnants, the lower frieze now with a black silk and gilt tally woven with 'H.M.S. VICTORY', with smoke shade and suspension ring, included with the lot is a photograph portrait of Admiral Sir Roger Keyes together with a typed and framed letter stating;
This lantern was presented in 1929 to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes during a ceremony on board HMS Victory whilst still afloat in recognition of his role in overseeing her restoration which was completed that year.
The lantern, which pre-dates the refit HMS Victory received following the Battle of Trafalger [sic] is a momento of that single glorious victory obtained over the combined fleets of France and Spain under the overall command of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson on the 21st October 1805.'
51cm. high; 20in.
Supplied to HMS Victory during the refit of 1800-1803; Remaining on Victory until 1929 when presented to Admiral Sir Roger Keyes Bt., G.C.B., K.C.V.O., C.M.G.,D.S.O., LL.D.,
D.C.L.,M.P. (1872-1945) in recognition of his contribution to the restoration of HMS Victory completed that year;
Thence by descent until sold, Woolley and Wallis, Salisbury, October 2005, lot 343;
Private Collection, England.
On loan to the Military Heritage Museum, Lewes, East Sussex, 1977-1985.