Trafalgar Flag and Waterloo Chair

Posted: October 22, 2009 in General
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When it comes to the Napoleonic Era, I’m fairly intrigued. So it was with great interest I recently found out that not one by two fairly significant artefacts of the period are up for auction.

The first is the chair Napoleon Bonaparte sat on before his army was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. I’d rather have the chair Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington sat on, given he was the one that defeated Napoleon, but he probably didn’t sit in a chair.

The second is the only know remaining Union Jack that flew at the Battle of Trafalgar. Battle-scarred, it flew over HMS Spartiate during the battle which saw Lord Nelson soundly defeat the larger French-Spanish fleet.

Both are expected to go for around £15,000. If I had the money to spare, I’d like to have them – especially the flag – but alas such things are well beyond me.

  1. Beth says:

    The flag would be a great thing to own! 🙂

    The Napoleonic Era was the first historical era to really hold my interest. Thank you, Patrick O’Brian!

    I went to a very cool exhibit in Greenwich four years ago. It centered on Nelson and Napoleon, featuring artifacts from both of their lives (and in Nelson’s case, death). Astonishing.

  2. qorvus says:

    I seem to recall that it ended up going for far, far more than expected. If I had had the money though, I’d have paid it.

    I think my first area of interest was ancient Mesopotamia/Egypt and the like, but there are few periods of history I don’t find intriguing.

    Personally, I’m of the view that Napoleon is a little over-rated. Good, but not as great as many think.

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