Exclusive: Timepiece used during Battle of Trafalgar will be auctioned on 7 July

The watch that kept time for Admiral Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar, and was then taken from his pocket on his flagship Victory after a French sniper’s bullet pierced his shoulder and shattered his spine, is coming up for auction after centuries of being kept in private collections.

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