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A couple of months ago, in a small terraced house in Surrey, a house clearance company were sent in to clear the house due to the death of its owner. On clearing this house, one member of the team found a golden locket which immediately grabbed their attention, in amongst all of the clutter. The locket was opened and to their surprise there was a lock of hair and a hand-written note lurking inside, which stated:
‘Obtained by Admiral George Brine when in command of H.M.S Mosquito guarding Napoleon at St Helena; given by him to my mother; at her death in 1867 given by us to my brother Captain George Brine RN after whose death in 1889 it passed to his widow and at her death it came to me.’
The greying lock of hair and hand-written note were recently taken to auction from the small terraced house before it was demolished, only to discover that the hair is indeed that of Napoleon Bonaparte. He seemed to have had his hair cut and placed inside this locket during his exile on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic, following the Battle of Waterloo. This exciting and unusual 200 year old find, later sold for £9,000.
It is still unknown as to how this interesting piece came to be in Surrey, and with the last owner having recently deceased, that mystery will probably never be solved. But the authenticity of the piece has not be questioned as it has cast iron provenance. What a fantastic find for this beady-eyed house clearance member of staff from a house clearance company, especially in the bi-centenary year.
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