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Turkish canteen


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Collection Relics
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Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Davison, Alexander
Provenance: Nelson, Horatio
Provenance: III, Sultan Selim
EventsFrench Revolutionary War: Battle of the Nile, 1798
Publication(s)The National Maritime Museum - The Collections
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Object details:

Object ID REL0131
Description Wooden water canteen of flat oval form, decorated in typical Ottoman style. There is elaborate gilt decoration on the flat sides, and a gilt spout, handle, and edging strips, with a short gold chain hanging from one of the suspension rings. A red leather carrying strap embroidered with gold thread is attached, fastened by a decorative gold buckle with helmets at each end. On the wooden base is an oval gilt plate with later inscription: 'This Canteen together with a Gun and Scimitar were presented by the Grand Signior to Horatio Viscount Nelson and by Will bequeathed to his friend Alexander Davison 10th May 1803.'
Date made circa 1798

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Turkey
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials wood, gilt metal
Measurements Overall: 305 x 152 x 102 mm
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