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Instant expert AN extremely rare and finely-preserved Union Jack from the most famous naval battle of all time, the Battle of Trafalgar, comes up for auction shortly. Items relating to the battle and the life of Nelson are highly sought-after by collectors around the world.

Basics THE magnificent flag, which measures 224cm x 356cm, was flown from the jack staff of HMS Spartiate during the Battle of Trafalgar. Other Nelsonrelated items will also be offered in the sale including a first edition of The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. From His Lordship's Manuscripts. It's from the library of celebrated playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan and is expected to fetch pounds 800 to pounds 1,200.

How much? THE sale will comprise almost 300 lots of Maritime Models, Instruments and Art. The Union Jack will be offered by Charles Miller Ltd on Wednesday, October 21 in his annual Trafalgar Day Sale in London (25 Blythe Road, London W14). It is now being sold by one of the descendants of Lieutenant James Clephan, who lives in Australia and is expected to fetch pounds 10,000 to pounds 15,000.

Real deal SPARTIATE was the 11th and last in Nelson's "weather column" fleet of ships, following the Minotaur into action, and it is believed the flag was sewn on board the ship and then given by the crew of 540 men to the highly admired Lieutenant Clephan. At Trafalgar, Clephan's courage was recognised and he was promoted to First Lieutenant immediately afterwards.


Union Jack which was flown at Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2009
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