Your sword lacking its swagger? Your telescope need more twinkle? Get some ideas from history’s greatest show-offs. After all who needs a diamond chain when you’re pouring tea from a silver kettle?
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A letter may be from the heart but when it's delivered it in a silver casket you know it's serious.
Sometimes fame and glory just aren't enough. This rifle is believed to have been presented to Nelson together with a scimitar and canteen by the Sultan of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile.
Captain William Pierrepont knew how to drink in style. He created this tankard after capturing two Spanish frigates loaded with bullion from Mexico.
There were many ways to commemorate Vice-Admiral Nelson. Some cheap and mass produced, others encrusted with diamonds.
Nelson's naval career made him rich. He received many gifts of thanks from individuals and institutions, plus his titles of baron and viscount also came with annual pensions.
This ring was worn by Nelson's nephew Thomas Bolton, 2nd Earl Nelson.
How's this for a leaving present? This Silver tea kettle was presented by the Merchants of Kingston, Jamaica, to Vice-Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817).
This 19th century wine cooler was made from the timbers of a captured slaver.
Awarded to Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth in 1804 by the Assembly of Jamaica.
Admire this rather natty telescope and watch.
Lloyd's Patriotic Fund vase presented to John Fam Timins for his part in the defeat of a French squadron in 1804.
Learn how to appropriately wear one's bling from this great explorer.
Wearing gold armour and jewelled sandals with lion-mask tops, James, Duke of York is depicted in the ostentatious tradition of the swagger portrait.