Lord Nelson’s reputation as one of the greatest naval minds of the Napoleonic Era is not a modern invention. He was considered a hero during his lifetime, long before Trafalgar, to the extent that many of his personal effects “attained the status of relics” while he was alive. For this reason, many of those personal effects survive to this day and are part of the National Maritime Museum’s collection. This includes, rather morbidly, the clothing in which he died.
Bicorne Hat (Pattern 1801) Worn by Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen
Rear-Admiral’s Undress Coat (Pattern 1795-1812) Worn by Nelson at the Battle of the Nile.
Vice Admiral’s Full Dress Coat (Pattern 1795-1812)
Trafalgar Undershirt (Non-Regulation)
Trafalgar Waistcoat (Non-Regulation)
Trafalgar Stockings (Non-Regulation)
Trafalgar Breeches (Pattern 1795)
Trafalgar Coat (Pattern 1795-1812)