Taylor, W.J.; die-engraver
Küchler, Conrad Heinrich; artist
Lester Watson Collection
Boulton's Trafalgar Medal; denomination
modern reproduction; authenticity
Royal Navy; subsubsubseries
After Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in 1805 the prominent Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton distributed about 15,000 Trafalgar Medals at his own expense to participants in the battle. These medals were all in white metal, but subsequent years saw a number of presentation issues in other metals, and between 1860 and 1895 the London die-sinker W. J. Taylor was commissioned by Boulton's heir to produce a new run, of which this silver piece is one.
The medals all share the same design, which shows a view of the battle, with Nelson’s signal ‘ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY’ above.
This is one of a number of the Taylor restrikes of the medal that was mounted in a watchglass, which has finely preserved the detail of the frosted finish. Lester Watson purchased this medal from the London dealers Baldwin in 1927.
London, mint, place
frosted finish, mounted in watchglass
weight, 77.45, g
diameter, 49.8, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin 1927
design; obverse; HORATIO VISCOUNT NELSON K. B. DUKE OF BRONTE; Bust of Nelson facing left
design; reverse; ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY; Sea-battle scene with Trafalgar's name and date given in exergue
Watson Catalogue; 38
Imagery of War.
Catalogue number: 65
Hayward, John (author, C20th). Birch, Diana. Bishop, Richard. 2006. British Battles and Medals 7th edn.London: Spinkp. 37-38
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Boulton's Trafalgar 1805 (white metal, as awarded in 1806; resembling a "frosted proof" in a watchglass): unnamed. EF (slight staining at rim)
Object Number: LW.0035
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141246; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2009-11-23)