Original British Napoleonic Wars Royal Navy Named Tobacco Jar Circa 1805
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an original "Tobacco Jar covered in scrimshaw with Admiral Nelson motifs. Dating between 1805 and 1815, this is a true slice of Nelson nostalgia.
It is constructed from a a 4.5 of cow horn mounted both top and bottom in pewter mounts together with a full pewter lining. The pewter is embossed around the edges and has a a decorated lid bearing the inscription:
Thomas Atkinson, according to The Naval Biographical Dictionary by Wm.R. O'Byrne, published London 1849, Page 25 and 26, came from a Naval Family in Salisbury, Wiltshire. He entered the Royal Navy in 1806 aboard HMS AIMABLE, then served on the following war ships: HMS MEDUSA, LYRA, and IMPETUEUX, the 74 gun Flagship of Sir George Martin off Lisbon in 1813. He then went on to serve on The MAGICIENNE, the PLOVER, and finally HMS FAVORITE. He was put on half pay in 1816 once the Napoleonic Wars had concluded. He remained a Lieutenant and married that year to a Miss Lewanna Smith and had eight children.
The horn's outer body of the jar is scrimshawed with various panels displaying Nelson along with the battle of the Nile, the battle of Copenhagen and Trafalgar (his three greatest victories). Showing general use and wear it looks as if the pewter was originally silver plated.
Measuring 4.5 tall by 4" around, most impressive as a tribute to England’s greatest sailor.
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