This uniform belonging to Lieutenant William Hicks is the only known surviving example of a Royal Navy lieutenant’s uniform from the Napoleonic Era (1812-25 regulation pattern). It is even more noteworthy for having belonged to a veteran of Trafalgar. As a 21 year-old midshipman, William Hicks was an aide-de-camp to Captain Pellew of the Conqueror, which took possession of Admiral Villeneuve’s flagship Bucentaure.
This piece by Peter Warwick of The 1805 Club describes his discovery of one of the most extraordinary artifacts of naval history recently found: the only known Napoleonic era naval lieutenant’s uniform!
Discovered some excellent additions to the Civilian Extant Garments gallery on the V&A site: The V&A is amazing, but their collection is so extensive that some of it isn’t very well photographed. I kept […]
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 […]