handkerchief, snuff

Linen, plate-printed snuff handkerchief with the legend 'The Funeral Procession of Lord Viscount Nelson, Jany 9th 1806'. This type of handkerchief was used to sneeze into and to wipe the face after having taken snuff. By the late 18th century, they featured popular events or personalities. This one depicts Nelson’s funeral car as it moves towards St Paul’s, accompanied by sailors wearing hats with black crepe bands, indicating deepest mourning.

Object Details

ID: TXT0267
Collection: Textiles
Type: handkerchief, snuff
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Date made: circa 1806
Exhibition: Nelson, Navy, Nation
People: Nelson, Horatio
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: 540 x 620 x 28 mm

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