Cash in the attic: Battle of Waterloo

This year is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Fought on 18th June 1815 in open countryside near Waterloo in Belgium, it was the decisive battle that saw the defeat of Emperor Napoleon (1769-1821) and led to the end of his rule and his subsequent exile to St Helena.

"The nearest run thing you ever saw in your life"

The Anglo-allied army was led by Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) and the Prussian army was led by Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince von Wahlstatt (1742-1819). According to Wellington, who became a national hero on his return to Britain, the battle was: "the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life".

Pieces produced to commemorate the victory are often desirable. High sums are fetched by anything firmly connected directly to important people or moments in the battle or to the man himself.

This 1815  pearlware commemorative jug moulded with named equestrian portaits or Wellington and von Blücher is valued at £1,200 to £1,800.

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