Hero of Norfolk’s victory plate auctioned for £10,000 in Diss

The George III silver plate from Admiral Lord Nelson's Copenhagen service which will be auctioned at

The George III silver plate from Admiral Lord Nelson's Copenhagen service which will be auctioned at TW Gaze in Diss. - Credit: Archant

A silver plate given to Admiral Lord Nelson after he was victorious at the Battle of Copenhagen has been auctioned in Diss for £10,000.

On Saturday the circular George III silver plate from 1801 was auctioned by TW Gaze as part of more than 400 lots of militaria.

Matthew Brand, auction rooms manager, said the plate was sold to a telephone bidder and the £10,000 bid was 'bang in the middle' of the £8,000 to 12,000 estimate.

Fought on April 2, 1801 the three hour long Battle of Copenhagen saw Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson lead the main attack aboard HMS Elephant.

Following the victory against the Danish, Nelson was gifted £500 to enlarge his collection of silver, and to complement his Nile service, commissioned after his victory at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

The order was supplied by a number of London silversmiths.