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Matthew Boulton's Naval Medals, St. Vincent's, Davison Nile, Boulton Trafalgar For Sale
Matthew Boulton's Naval Medals, St. Vincent's, Davison Nile, Boulton Trafalgar:
The best book ever published on Captain Cook's Resolution and Adventure medal, the Davison Nile medal, Earl St Vincent's medal and the Boulton Trafalgar medal! By Sim Comfort
Matthew Boulton's Naval Medals, regular retail is £125, special offer is £110. You save £15 and free shipping within the UK.
Within the British series of naval medals, something special happened when Matthew Boulton decided to become a medallist. His first medal was the Otaheite (Resolution and Adventure) medal conceived by Sir Joseph Banks, which was to be presented to peoples yet discovered on Captain Cook's second and third voyages. Here, the full background regarding the creation of the medal and the trials and tribulations experienced with Boulton's first medal are explored. Eight examples are discussed, one of which is the gold medal presented by Banks to the King, along with several medals that were distributed by Captain Cook.
Later, Boulton had mastered the power of steam in both coining and producing medals with remarkable results. Working with the very talented die maker and designer of medals, Conrad Heinrich Küchler, new levels of excellence were achieved. Five medals owe much to Küchler: Earl Howe's, the Davison Nile, Ferdinand IV, Earl St Vincent's and lastly the Boulton Trafalgar medal, possibly the finest British naval medal ever struck. Four of the medals concern Admiral Lord Nelson with his stunning victories at the Nile and Trafalgar, his involvement at Naples with Ferdinand IV and the medal of his great mentor, Earl St Vincent. Within this work, the author follows the design of each medal along with much additional information.
The engraving, gilding and casing of the Nile and Trafalgar medals are discussed. Martyn Downer provides a life of Alexander Davison and his use of Masonic icons for his Nile medal. David Vice provides the best article ever written regarding the Boulton Trafalgar medal. Also a new discovery concerning Earl Howe's First of June medal is detailed and that Rodney's medal (BHM 230) was produced by Boulton is established.
The catalogue provides a comprehensive collection of seven St Vincent, 34 Davison Nile and 33 Boulton Trafalgar medals that are named or provenanced. Within the catalogue, the stories of these named men, and a few women, who are believed to have been on board as well, are told along with what their ships went through at both the Nile and Trafalgar.
Included for the Nile are the accounts by the American Captain Ralph Miller who commanded the Theseus and the French artist and author Vivant Denon, who witnessed the battle. Personal sea stories are based on research at the National Archives and other contemporary material. A comprehensive index of ships and men is also included. The book comprises 432 pages printed on Munken Arctic Matt White 90 gsm paper, with colour throughout. It is sewn bound as a quarto volume (28.5 cm /11.25 inches x 22 cm / 8.65 inches) complete with dust wrapper. The limited edition of 500 copies is available for £110.00 with Free Shipping on the special offer. ISBN 978-0-905887-11-1
Matthew Boulton's Naval Medals, St. Vincent's, Davison Nile, Boulton Trafalgar