The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is proud to announce that it has recently completed the exhibition of its important Nelson Collection at its premises on 2as Merarchias and Akti Moutsoupoulou Street in Piraeus.
Housed in one of the city’s landmark buildings, an early 20th century neoclassical mansion, it consists of some 82 autograph letters of Lord Admiral Nelson, dozens of contemporary newspapers commemorating Nelson’s Victories, many personal items of his Lordship, some 800 books on Nelson and the Napoleonic wars and a collection of important paintings and engravings depicting Nelson himself, some of his battles and his death. In addition it contains an important collection of some 30 Bone Models of various warship types built by French prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars.
Among his personal items are a couple of rings exchanged between himself and Emma Lady Hamilton, pieces from his silver service, one of his personal seals, a lock of his hair, a combined fork and knife used by him after the amputation of his right arm and a framed fragment of Victory’s Flag.
All the above have been collected over the past 30 years by P.C. Laskaridis, R.C.N.C. from various auctions and other collectors and parts of the collection have been exhibited during the 200th Anniversary celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar in London, Athens and the Falkland Islands.
The full catalogue of all items of the collection is available at the Foundation’s website at www.laskaridou.gr.
The collection is part of the Foundation’s Main Maritime and Naval Collection exhibited at the same premises which is open to the public however items of special interest and importance can be viewed by appointment only.
The Aik. Laskaridis Foundation is a non-profitable Cultural, Educational and Literary Organisation promoting Greek Education, Culture and Maritime and Marine History through a large and diversified variety of educational programs, conferences and publications. It further undertakes substantial work in the area of restoration of monuments of important Greek Maritime Heritage such as the restoration of the historic lighthouses in Cape Tainaron, Cape Maleas and the lighthouse in the island of Poros.