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The Appleby Trafalgar Medal



Victory approaching the Combined Fleet under all sail at Twelve Noon, 21 October 1805.



Victory, Redoutable and Temeraire locked in Mortal Combat at 1:45 pm.

 Created by:  Malcolm Appleby

 Published by: Sim Comfort Associates on 21 December 2005


Winner of the Gold Award for engraving and the Silver Award for modelling from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 27 February 2006.



The year 2005 has seen several new discoveries come forward regarding the Battle of Trafalgar. Amongst them is the posthumous oil sketch of Admiral Lord Nelson painted on board Victory on 21 December 1805 by Arthur William Devis. It is the Devis / Nelson profile that provides the shape of this Trafalgar Medal.  

The obverse shows Victory just as she raised the famous ‘England Expects’ signal at Twelve Noon on 21 October. She is under all sail as she nears what will be a wall of fire from the broadsides of the Combined Fleet of France and Spain. 

For the reverse, the time depicted is 1:45 pm. Nelson has fallen. Victory and Temeraire are locked in mortal combat with le Redoutable and her brave Captain Lucas. On the far right, just coming into view, is the cannon of le Fougueux as she approaches the starboard side of Temeraire. 

The view of the sterns of both Victory and Temeraire are based on the sketches made by John Livesay, drawing master at the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth, drawn at sea when the ships returned to Portsmouth following the battle. The stern of Redoutable is taken from a drawing of a French 74 by Jean Boudriot in his classic work, ‘The Seventy-Four Gun Ship.’  

We then have the weather, or more particularly the swell of the sea as the great storm approached and the difficulties this made for combatants on all sides. A cat’s-paw of wind has been summoned to clear the sterns of the three ships of smoke, where in reality there would have been just fire and smoke and nothing else to see.  

It is hoped that with this offering of a Trafalgar Medal, we not only capture the drama of Trafalgar but also the immortal memory of Lord Nelson and those who fell with him from all nations.   

The casualties on board Temeraire amounted to killed 47, wounded 76; Victory killed 57, wounded 102; and Redoutable killed 490, wounded 81 with the ship being lost in the great storm that followed the battle.

 The Artist

 Malcolm Appleby comes from a family that is certainly no stranger to the sea. At Trafalgar there were no less than three Applebys present with John Appleby, ordinary seaman, on board Victory with Nelson. Malcolm’s father, James William, sailed in the windjammer Parma with Alan Villiers and J. W.’s  father, Percy, was a share holder in Parma. It is because of this background that Malcolm created The Parma Medal to record his father’s voyage in the early 1930s. Today, Malcolm is possibly the most highly respected engraver in Britain. A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, his talent is in constant demand for the very finest design and his work may be seen in national collections around Britain.    


Each medal is cast by using the lost wax process at the works of Niagara Falls Castings in Warwick, England. Following casting, each medal is then inspected by Malcolm, who sends them to Edinburgh for hallmarking. Upon their return, Malcolm hand finishes and numbers each medal. They are then passed to SCA for boxing and shipping.

 The Offering

The medal measures approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) in width and 2.5 inches (6 cm) in height. In sterling silver the weight is approximately 2.2 troy ounces (68 grams).

Each medal is hand finished, numbered and signed by Malcolm Appleby and is supplied in an attractive box.

In hallmarked sterling silver, the edition is limited to 500 and priced at £395.00 (plus VAT if applicable), plus postage & packing.  

Also available is an edition of 10 medals in 18 carat gold weighing approximately 3.3 troy ounces (102 grams) and lastly, a unique medal in platinum which is approximately 5.06 troy ounces (156 grams) in weight.

Prices are available upon application.

To order, please email for payment details and shipping costs to or telephone us in England on 44 (0) 20 8944 8747.


Images of Lord Nelson, Victory and Temeraire are Courtesy of the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth.