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An auction to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The sale, entitled 'Wellington, Waterloo and the Napoleonic Wars', will take place at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, on 1 April. A highlight among the 160 items offered in the auction is a sword used at Waterloo by Lieutenant General Cook, which is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 03 04 19Attributed to Arthur Stocks (British, 1846 - 1889) After Daniel Maclise (Irish, 1806-1870) T
he Meeting of Wellington And Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo £10,000 - £15,000

The men under Cook's command were involved in some of the fiercest fighting of the day and the Lt. Gen. himself lost an arm. Equipment used at Waterloo is now very scarce and this is a particularly fine example. Another highlight (Lot 147)will be the huge panoramic painting of the end of the battle depicting the moment when the victorious Generals, Wellington and Blücher, met outside Napoleon's headquarters. This is a version of the famous painting which now hangs in the House of Lords and is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 09 38 53Detail of Lot 147

An eye witness letter written by Captain Charles Best shortly after the end of the battle, which provides a dramatic account of the fighting and of Wellington's coolness under fire at the Battle of Quatre Bras, will be offered with an estimate of £2,000-4,000. It reads: 'Our brave Duke was everywhere and I had an opportunity of seeing how little he was concerned for his Safety, he was sitting ... writing an Order with a pencil on his knee, when a Cannon ball struck the ground close by him, and covered him with earth, he looked very cooly to where the ball had struck, shook of[f] the earth, and continued to write his order.

' An 18 carat gold box belonging to the Earl of Uxbridge, who fought alongside Wellington at Waterloo, is estimated at £50,000-70,000. On losing his leg to a cannon shot, the Earl is alleged to have said, 'By God, Sir, I've lost my leg!' to which Wellington replied, 'By God Sir so you have!' Another important item is a very rare presentation sword from the Battle of Leipzig in October 1813, at which Napoleon was decisively defeated by forces under the command of the Russian Tsar Alexander I. The defeat resulted in Napoleon's abdication the following year and his exile to Elba. The sword carries an estimate of £35,000–45,000.


All the items in the sale will be on display at Bonhams from 23 March until the day of the auction.

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