Artwork : ArchiveNo00139

Portable Writing Bureau 1797






Contributor Name HMS Victory
Contributor Image Peter_Goodwin_pic.jpg

Location Portsea
Collection Date 05.06.08 4.33pm
Artefact Name Portable Writing Bureau
Artefact Description 40cm (length) x 18cm (width) x 10cm (height)
Made from rosewood with brass handles and trimmings. Original ink spills still visible.
Artefact Date 1797
Artefact Stored Captain’s Day Cabin, HMS Victory
Artefact Form

Artefact Image Writing_Bureau.jpg
Sample Taken Chip of wood and corner of suede from writing area
Sample Image

History of Artefact It belonged to Captain Hardy in 1805 who came from Dorset. He was aged thirty-five at the Battle of Trafalgar. He was one of the tallest men on board at 6ft4 (Nelson was 5ft6). This bureau was his own personal object. He brought his own furniture on ship also.

‘It was given to Portsmouth Museum at first, but the museum offered it back to the Victory, so it finally came home!’
‘It is ironic that Nelson got shot because he was the smallest target!’
Historian - Peter Goodwin
Historian Peter Goodwin
Previous Owners Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy and his decendants
Special Memories ‘It has only been on Victory since I found it in 1995. It was given on loan from the family.‘ Historian - Peter Goodwin
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