A small bust of Admiral Lord Nelson made from H.M.S. Foudroyant copper and oak, the likeness rendered in greenish copper and set on a stepped oak socle, engraved “This bust is made from the copper bolts of Nelson’s favourite Flagship The Dear Foudroyant” and stamped R&L in a cartouche.
Footnote: H.M.S. Foudroyant (meaning ‘lightning’) was the 80-gun flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson from 1799-1800. Although a relatively short command, this was the period when he was involved with the King and Queen of the Two Sicilies against the French and when he met Emma, Lady Hamilton. The Foudroyant later served in many capacities, including four years in Rio de Janeiro. In 1892 she was due to be broken up, but instead was saved and restored at considerable cost to the Nation. In an attempt to recoup some of these expenses she toured the country as a maritime attraction. On 16th June 1987, while at Blackpool, she was wrecked by a hurricane force December gale.