Nelson & His World

Nelson's Telescope
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Author:  tycho [ Wed May 23, 2018 8:20 am ]
Post subject:  Nelson's Telescope

I was just about to make a post about the proposed sale of Nelson's telescope, offered for auction by the descendent of a boy aboard Victory at Trafalgar who, reputedly, had received it from Hardy. I was expecting a torrent of scepticism from members; however, the auctioneers have withdrawn it from sale owing to unanswered questions about the provenance. I was immediately suspicious because of the low estimate of £6000-8000. Allowing for the tendency of auction houses to quote low estimates to arouse interest, this seemed ridiculously low.

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