Spotlight On: Nelson Miniature

May 11, 2010

Horatio Nelson’s death in 1805 during the Battle of Trafalgar was a landmark in the Napoleonic Wars and also for British society.

With his growing legacy as a national hero, many items, from jewellery to household objects were created to commemorate him.

Nelson mourning rings were created in limited number and as proof of the man’s influence in British history, the rings have been replicated several times in recent history. This particular piece follows the style of others like it, bearing the name ‘Nelson’ on the back. However, there is a danger with analysing such a piece; the imagery (with the ship) does lend to being dedicated to Horatio Nelson and the piece does lend from the times, but there is the possibility of another dedication in the name ‘Nelson’.

The rendering itself is rather simplistic and naive, however, the hairwork is quite finely styled, with two colours of hair, feathered curls, flowers and wheat sheafs, set with pearls on milk glass.

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