Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795
Epaulette of a vice-admiral worn by Nelson (1758-1805) at the Battle of Trafalgar. The epaulette is of wide gold lace mounted over card or sheet metal. There are two stars, indicating the rank of vice-admiral, worked in metal thread and silver spangles. The underside of the epaulette is partially padded and covered with yellow silk. The top and side of the epaulette has been partially damaged by the bullet that killed Nelson. This caused the loss of several gold bullions as well as revealing the cotton wadding used to pad the underside of the epaulette. This item is displayed on uniform UNI0024.
|Display location:||Display - Nelson, Navy, Nation Gallery|
|Events:||Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805|
|Date made:||before 1805|
|Exhibition:||Seduction and Celebrity: The Spectacular Life of Emma Hamilton|
|People:||Nelson, Horatio; Greenwich Hospital|
|Credit:||National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection|
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