Royal Navy Uniforms: Lord Nelson Album

Nelson's four orders of chivalry on his Vice-Admiral's Undress Coat, Pattern 1795-1812

Lord Nelson’s reputation as one of the greatest naval minds of the Napoleonic Era is not a modern invention. He was considered a hero during his lifetime, long before Trafalgar, to the extent that many of his personal effects “attained the status of relics” while he was alive. Many of those personal effects survive to this day and are part of the National Maritime Museum’s collection. This includes, rather morbidly, the clothing in which he died.

Courtesy of the National Maritime Museum.

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