Nelson in the News: 7th December 2012
Pistol-sword belonging to
Alexander Davison sells at Auction for £11,000
On the 7th December 2012, a pistol-sword belonging to Alexander Davison, who of
course was a very close friend to Nelson and looked after his finances for a
while, has sold for £11,000 at Cuttlestones auctioneers n Staffordshire.
There is, however, no evidence that it was ever used by Nelson as suggested. Nelson was
known for carrying his uncle's sword, which he considered to be a lucky
talisman, in to battle, and though it was recorded that he forgot to wear that
sword at Trafalgar, it is not mentioned that he replaced it with any other
weapon. He also is never recorded as using such a weapon at any time in
Nonetheless, it is a very pretty and unusual weapon.
The auctioneer's catalogue entry:
The BBC News article where it is claimed that the weapon belonged
The Daily Mail article which makes even more extravagant claims:
Discussion on this at the 'Nelson and His World' Forum:
Copyright Vicki Singleton 2013.