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These included a number of trophy lots such as the fragment of the Union Jack believed to have flown from HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Acquired for a premium-inclusive £120,000 in 2005, here it was knocked down at £240,000.

However, other items at the sale made less of a return.

A c.1800 travelling chest with a carefully cased set of fine decanters, wine glasses and beaker, catalogued as “Lord Nelson’s grog chest”, had sold for a premium-inclusive £54,000 in 2005. The velvet-lined chest was inherited by his godson, Horatio Nelson Atkinson, and had later passed by descent to Elizabeth Foster, Duchess of Devonshire.

Estimated at £35,000-45,000 here, it sold this time at £55,000.

Elsewhere, one of the lots that fetched less than its price 13 years ago was a pair of George III silver sauce tureens (Daniel Pontifex, London, 1799) presented to Nelson by Lloyd’s Coffee House following the Battle of Copenhagen.

They had made a premium-inclusive £120,000 in 2005 and here were knocked down at £85,000 against a £30,000-50,000 estimate.

The top lot of the collection overall was a portrait of Nelson’s lover Emma Hamilton by the Lanarkshire-born artist Gavin Hamilton.

Painted in c.1786, it exceeded a £150,000- 200,000 estimate and sold at £300,000 – roughly in line with the £288,000 (including premium) it fetched in 2005.