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Nelson's leather chair preserved

Leather chair
The chair took 65 hours of work by conservators to preserve

A chair that Admiral Lord Nelson used more than 200 years ago on board HMS Victory has been preserved by experts in Northampton.

The black leather daybed had deteriorated badly and conservators at the Leather Conservation Centre (LCC) took 65 hours to carry out the work.

It will now go on display at the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth.

The piece of furniture was handed down by generations of Nelson's family and given to the museum last year.

The daybed has high sides and a stool that pulls out from underneath where the admiral could rest his legs.

Yvette Fletcher, senior conservator and head of the LCC, had to deal with dry, brittle fragments of leather that had fallen off the chair.

She devised a treatment that would return all these fragments to the right location over the carcass of the chair.

She said: "It was an exciting project to work on.

"I wonder what historic events this chair has witnessed."

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Nelson's restored chair will go on display at the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth



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