Union Jack flown at the Battle of Trafalgar set to go under the hammer
A Union flag thought to have flown from HMS Leviathan at the Battle of Trafalgar is to be sold at auction by Holt's Auctioneers in March 2016. Pictured is Roland Elworthy from Holt's Auctioneers with the flag. Photo: submitted.
The flag - believed to have been flown on HMS Leviathan during the 1805 battle - is expected to be sold for between £30,000 and £50,000 when it is auctioned in March at west Norfolk-based Holt’s Auctioneers’ London sale room.
Roland Elworthy, senior valuer at Holt’s Auctioneers based in Wolferton, said he had “no doubt as to the flag’s provenance” and that it had “enormous historic value.”
The flag has been in the family of its current owner - Arthur Cory, of Penllyn Castle in Wales - for generations.
A sworn affidavit that accompanies it states that it has been in the present owner’s family since the reign of William IV and that it was thought to have been given either as a token of friendship, to settle a gambling debt or as a prize for wining a race.
Roland Elworthy, senior valuer at Holt’s Auctioneers based in Wolferton in west Norfolk, said: “Being entrusted with the sale of such an important item is a real thrill for us and, frankly, an honour, and I have no doubt as to the flag’s provenance. How it passed from the ship and arrived with the Cory family will probably always remain anecdotal, but a great deal of research coupled with the opinion of independent specialists indicates that we have a genuine Trafalgar Union Flag. That makes it terribly rare, only two others are known to exist; one is held by the Maritime Museum at Greenwich (H.M.S. Minotaur), and the other is in private hands (H.M.S. Spartiate).”