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Necklace

JEW0369
Jewellery

Object connections:

Collection Jewellery, Decorative art
ExhibitionsNelson, Navy, Nation
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Nelson, Horatia
Provenance/Historical Association: Nelson, Horatio
Historical Association: Hamilton, Emma

Object details:

Object ID JEW0369
Description Gold necklace, a gift from Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) to his daughter Horatia Nelson-Ward (1801-1881). The chain is made of loops of gold ribbon joined by wire links with a ring at either end of the chain for a ribbon tie. There is a gold silhouette of a dog within an oval frame, at the centre of the necklace. A label attached to the necklace is inscribed with the words 'Given to Horatia, his daughter by Admiral Viscount Nelson in answer to her letter saying that he had promised her a dog'. He wrote to her from 'Victory' on January 14th 1804 as follows: 'As I am sure that for the world you would not tell a story, it must have slipped my memory that I promised you a watch. Therefore I have sent to Naples to get one and I will send it home as soon as it arrives. The dog I never could have promised as we have no dogs on board ship; only I beg my dear Horatia to be obedient and you will ever be sure of the affection of Nelson & Bronte.'
Date made circa 1803

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Nelson-Ward Collection
Materials gold
Measurements Overall: 310 x 25 mm
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