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Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson

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I just finished a somewhat interesting story, Nelson’s Purse by Martyn Downer, about the financial rise and fall of an English financier who had close connections to Adm. Lord Nelson and his paramour, Lady Emma Hamilton. In 2002 Alex Davison‘s family found a juicy and profitable relics from the heady period of Nelson’s naval and romantic career that included connections with Quebec City and Alex Davison.

Lady E’s husband, Sir William Hamilton a long time English Ambassador to the court of Naples and the Two Sicilies, was a famous collector of classical artifacts. Davison collected many objects connected with Nelson and other illustrious Englishman of the Regency period (early 1800’s).

Serendipitously, this morning the NY Times included an Op-Ed contribution about other strange collections titiled “Collect Me Nots”. Notice the fanciful set of specimens in the article heading that begins with “Tut’s Guts” and ends with “Litz’s List”.

People are strange and that strangeness is only enhanced when they have enough lucre to indulge their odd tastes for collecting strange and stranger artifacts of life and its celebrities.

Even I with my modest means find some odd artifacts that I have picked up and kept over the years. Yes, I am human too!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2007/05/17 at 07:55

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