Nelson & His World

Discussion on the life and times of Admiral Lord Nelson
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 Post subject: Nelson's Telescope
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:20 am 
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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, William Cook, who, it is claimed, served at Trafalgar. He, 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 I was expecting a torrent of scepticism from members; however, the auctioneers have withdrawn it from sale owing to unanswered questions about the provenance.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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 Post subject: Re: Nelson's Telescope
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:33 pm 
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I had completely forgotten that the telescope was offered for sale some years ago and there was a long discussion here in which the backstory was comprehesively rubbished by expert members:


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