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.

Object Details

ID: UNI0031
Collection: Uniforms; Textiles
Type: Epaulette
Display location: Display - Nelson, Navy, Nation Gallery
Creator: Unknown
Places: Cape Trafalgar
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
Measurements: 76.2 mm

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