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Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795


Object connections:

Collection Textiles, Uniforms
ExhibitionsNelson, Navy, Nation
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Greenwich Hospital
Provenance: Nelson, Horatio
Provenance: Rotely, Jane Douglas
Provenance: Roteley, Lewis
EventsNapoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Publication(s)The National Maritime Museum - The Collections
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Treasures of the National Maritime Museum
Gloria Clifton and Nigel Rigby
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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 brass; linen; wool
Measurements Overall: 775 x 530 mm
  • Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795 (UNI0021)
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