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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1805-1806 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen damask and embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Lucy Pearson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Napkin of linen damask and embroidered, commemorating the naval triumph at Trafalgar. In the centre is an anchor twined with rope, surrounded by radiating light, and is set within a wreath of oak bound with ribbon at the bottom and topped by a naval crown. The whole device, but on a smaller scale, appears in each corner of the border, and flanked by trophies of cannon, flags, etc. and eagle or phoenix beneath a scroll inscribed 'Victoria'. Between these corner-pieces the border contains a naval crown above crossed palm fronds; crossed tridents with a wreath of bay; entwined dolphins spouting water; and crossed trident and palm frond. This border is edged on both sides with an acorn-bearing oak stem, and the ground between is spotted with cannon-balls. In the centre field there are much larger cannon balls or bombs, some breaking into flame. Embroidered in blue in one corner: '29'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1805-1806 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen damask and embroidered

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the scrolls on the four corners

Embroidered in one corner in blue


Length: 41 in, Width: 31.75 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1990/2201.
Table cloth T.205-1962 of the same design has a view of the fleet with each ship named, the words 'England expects every man to do his duty', and 'Trafalgar Oct 21 1805'.

Descriptive line

Napkin of linen damask and embroidered, Great Britain, 1805-1806


Linen (material)


Damask weaving; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Eagles; Oak; Palm; Trophies; Anchors; Flags; Tridents; Flames; Cannons; Scrolls; Dolphins; Wreaths (costume accessories); Ribbon; Phoenix; Crowns; Cannon balls


Textiles; Embroidery; Accessories; A Year of Objects: October, Trafalgar Day


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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