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box medal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    M.6581

  • Description

    Bronze box medal containing 12 circular printed cards.(obverse) Bare head of Lord Nelson left, hair short, within circle of legend. Around: a ribbon with buckle on which is an inscription.
    (reverse) Bellona stepping over the waves towards war-galleys. Around this is a ribbon with buckle on which is an inscription.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1820
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 75 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        HOR. VICECOM. NELSON OB PATRIAM PVGNANDO MORT . OCT XXI . MDCCCV.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        ENGLAND'S . ADMIRAL NELSON DUKE OF BRONTE
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscribed on a ribbon, around.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        IPSE BELLI FVLMEN
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        RECORD OF NAVAL VALOUR . EVERY MAN HAS DONE HIS DUTY
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscribed on a ribbon, around.
  • Curator's comments

    Brown 1
    This is a box containing twelve circular coloured prints illustrating naval events from Rodney's victory in 1782 to the bombardment of Algiers in 1816. On the inside of the lid and bottom is a monochrome print of a compass in the form of a star resting on an anchor. The reverse of each coloured disc has a descriptive text: the events depicted are Lord Rodney's Victory; Lord Howe's Victory; Battle of the Nile; Victory at Copenhagen; Lord Nelson at Trafalgar; Sir R. Strachan's Victory; Boarding the Chesapeake; Bonaparte on the Northumberland; Storming of Algiers and Slaves delivered in Algiers.

    The designs on the obverse and reverse of this piece are from the re-engraved dies executed by Webb for his medal on the death of Nelson in 1805 (see Brown 1 p142.577). The Flaxman drawing for the reverse design is noted in the Flaxman catalogue. See David Bindman (ed.), 'Flaxman and designs for medals and coins exhibited at the Royal Academy', London, 1979, p. 136. See also note to Brown 1 p141.574.

    Bibliography: Milford Haven, Admiral the Marquis of. 'British Naval Medals', London, 1919, 508.

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  • Bibliography

    • Brown 1 p255.1056 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    M.6581

  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB3p255.1056

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