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Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795


Object connections:

Collection Uniforms, Textiles
ExhibitionsNelson, Navy, Nation
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Nelson, Horatio
Provenance: Roteley, Lewis
Provenance: Rotely, Jane Douglas
Provenance: Greenwich Hospital
EventsNapoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

Object details:

Object ID UNI0021
Description These breeches were worn by Nelson (1758-1805) when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar. There are blood stains to the knees and seat that probably belong to Mr John Scott, Nelson's secretary, who was killed earlier in the battle. The breeches were cut by surgeon's scissors so they could be easily removed. The breeches are of white twill woven wool with a napped finish and feature a flap front. At the back of the breeches is a white linen gusset that was used to adjust the fit. This was done with linen tying tapes that were passed through eyelets on either side of the gusset. They were secured at the knee with four small gilt brass flag officer's buttons and small brass buckles.
Date made Before 1805

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials wool; brass; linen
Measurements Overall: 775 x 530 mm
  • Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795 (UNI0021)
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