Auction: 22066 - Historical Documents, Postal History & Autographs - Featuring the Robin Hunt Collection
Napoleon Bonaparte I
A small lock of hair purported to be that of Napoleon I together with a small piece of paper (split along one vertical fold) reading "Hair of Napoleon Given by Count Montholon to Lieut: Wortham RE and left by him to the lat General Patrick Yule R.E. July 1821". With Gilbert Martineau's "Napoleon's St. Helena" in which Wortham and Yule are mentioned as having been present on St. Helena, the former until April 1821.
Offered with much supporting research undertaken with the Napoleonic Society of America, the Royal Engineers Library and Dr. Philip Corso who was involved in disproving the suspicion that Napoleon was poisoned with the use of hair as evidence.
An extraordinary item with sound provenance.
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