Exceptionally rare box and lid made out of the timber from a decommissioned HM Ship Bellerophon. Attached copper plaque is engraved with the inscription "Made from Wood Taken from H.M.S. Bellorphon (sic)". The British battleship Bellerophon is famous in history for being the ship on which Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered on 15th July 1815. The ship name is engraved with a spelling mistake, reading Bellorphon instead of Bellerophon. This is explained by the fact that its name was notoriously difficult to pronounce for many people, and many colloquial variations of the name were in wide use. The timber from the ship was auctioned off in 1836.
Size: 16.5 cm high, 12 cm diameter
Condition: age related surface wear
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