£200 - £300
BATTLE OF WATERLOO. FIVE NAPOLEONIC RELICS, C1815 comprising a fragment of woven woollen trimming with the imperial N and eagle in dark blue on a yellow ground, a woven metal thread fragment with tassels, a tricolour cockade of painted paste board bearing 19th c handwritten label "Tricoloured Cockade & part of Drummers accoutrement from the field of Waterloo", another of red, white and blue ruffled cloth with metal thread centre and two tassels labeled "Waterloo Cockade" and a box and cover made from Napoleon's willow, inset with a silver coin, 9cm diam, labelled "Box made from the Weeping Willow tree over Napoleon's grave at St Helena. There was a small miniature of the King of Rome on the lid, but it was stolen. Presented to me by the Miss Rochforts Dec 5th 1915"
Provenance: (The first three items) almost certainly acquired by Captain Digby Thomas Carpenter (1780-1853).
A similar painted cockade removed from a French soldier lying on the battlefield of Waterloo by an English clergyman is in the Curzon Collection in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Condition consistent with age and circumstance, as is apparent from illustration, no restoration or repair