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HMS Victory bucket is up for sale

Fire bucket from HMS Victory
The fire bucket is thought to have been used during the Battle of Trafalgar

A leather fire bucket that is believed to have been used on HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar is to go under the hammer.

The vessel which bears the ship's name and the letters GR, thought to stand for monarch George III, is expected to fetch more than £1,500 at auction.

The bucket is 10in (25cm) high and has a copper rim.

It will go on sale at the Wallis and Wallis auction house in Lewes, East Sussex, on 29 April.

A spokeswoman for the auction house believes it will fetch more than its £1,200 to £1,500 guide price.

She said: "There's been a lot of interest as it is in very good condition and is a very collectable item."

The spokeswoman said it was likely to have been used during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Horatio Nelson died during the victory at the Battle of Trafalgar against the combined French and Spanish fleets.

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The bucket is expected to fetch more than its 1,200 to 1,500 guide price



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