The Duke of Wellington’s Personal British Leather Gun Case for a Sporting Gun with Tag Written in the Duke’s Own Hand
Original Item: One-of-a-Kind. This is truly a magnificent find! This is a fine old very early 19th Century substantial brass mounted leather Gun Case, which bears the remains of its original tag written in the Duke of Wellington’s own hand, which mentions Apsley House, his longtime residence after purchasing it from his brother in 1817.. It measures approximately 49” x 6 ½” x 4”.
The lid of the gun case is clearly embossed in black:
DUKE OF WELLINGTON
His handwriting is unmistakable. Wellesley was granted his Dukedom in 1814 when he was Ambassador to France, so the case perhaps originally dates to about 1820. It was no doubt used with several different sporting guns over time until he passed in 1851.
Arthur Wellesley, the FIRST DUKE OF WELLINGTON, was born in Ireland and brought up at DANGAN CASTLE in 1769. He is best remembered for his Allied Victory at THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO in 1815, finally destroying the ambitions of NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. Wellington became Prime Minister to the young Queen Victoria after which he retired to become the Elder Statesman. A glorious career both Militarily and Politically, he certainly ranks with Nelson and SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL as one of Britain's heavy weights.
His famous remark about being born in Ireland not being something that pleased him was:-
TO BE BORN IN A STABLE DOES NOT NECESSARILY MAKE YOU A HORSE
The interior we feel was often relined but the current weapon it is fitted out for is unknown. A magnificent piece of British history, ready to display!
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