I was wandering down Portobello Road, and my eyes caught sight of an amazing bracelet which the dealer who owned it was not willing to sell. I was thrilled when I saw it, and relieved that I could not have it–wow! That was close! It was a silver bracelet made during the first 30 years of the 19th century when the British were still celebrating their victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. There were three large reverse paintings on glass mounted in silver–probably created in China. The glass on the left was an image of Nelson’s ship. The center reverse painting on glass was a portrait of Lord Nelson. The third painting was an image of the Battle of Trafalgar in the midst of the naval encounter. The piece of jewelry fascinated me. It was a piece of history created near to the time of the great victory–another evidence of the great jubilation that occurred in England at the time of the great naval victory at Trafalgar, establishing the unquestioned supremacy of British naval power. Fabulous item. Sorry I could not own it. But, I did photograph it and will enjoy these images as I hope my readers do.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918