Nelson's Turkey Cup

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National Maritime Museum, Second floor, Nelson Navy Nation gallery

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 decorative cup was made by the greatest silver smith of the age. It was presented to Nelson after the Battle of the Nile as a sign of the Levant Company's gratitude for his role in expanding British trade. Calling it his 'Turkey Cup', it was a prized possession which he took to sea in a specially made case. 

Nelson particularly mentions the Turkey Cup in his will, bequeathing it to his sister Susannah Bolton, whose son Thomas later became 2nd Earl Nelson.