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7052 Royalty, Antiques & Fine Art Sale Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st November 2018

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Lot 13

The Duke of Wellington - a fascinating and emotive piece of hair from the mane of The Duke's War horse, Copenhagen, whom he rode at the Battle of Waterloo - the chestnut-coloured hair tied with string in ringlets, with original handwritten folded letter 'Taken by me from the mane of the horse Copenhagen' and 'The Property of The Duke of Wellington. Copenhagen was used by The Duke as his charger at the Battle of Waterloo (signed) H. N. Foucaus - Stratfield Saye 1835 and a small chestnut horse', further inscribed on reverse 'Duke of Wellington's Horse Copenhagen - Hair from Mane' and in pencil 'Copenhagen Stratfield Saye'.Provenance: Recently discovered by us in the concealed letter compartment in a Victorian gentleman's toilet box (lot 551 in this sale), with silver fittings, dated 1839. Copenhagen, The Duke of Wellington's celebrated War horse was born in 1808 and died on 12th February 1836 on The Duke's Estate at Stratfield Saye House, aged 28 years. He was described as 'a dark chestnut with two white heels, a hollow-back powerful horse'. Wellington said of Copenhagen 'There may have been many faster horses, no doubt many handsomer, but for bottom and endurance I never saw his fellow'. After serving his master well in battle he became a treasured pet although still ridden by The Duke on State occasions and even ridden up to the door of 10 Downing Street by The Duke when he became Prime Minister in 1828. When Copenhagen died in 1836, he was buried with full military honours in the Ice House Paddock at Stratfield Saye with a memorial stone marking the spot

Estimated: £1000 - £2000

Hammer Price: £750