Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1690, the 'Lord Nelson'

Violin: 40764

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece of rather broad figure

Scroll: finely cut but slightly worn on right-hand side.

Ribs: matching back

Varnish: Bright golden

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.2 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm


Acquired its name because of its presence on Nelson's flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar. It was the property of one of his officers and was recovered after the conflict unscathed.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago


in 1805 Officer of Lord Nelson's flagship
George Corsby
1895-1920 Dwight J. Partello
1920-1928 Lyon & Healy
... ...
from 1928 and in 1945 Elizabeth Rothwell
... ...
in 1959 and until 1967 Clarence Henry Dragert
... ...
in 1967 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1967 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Lyon & Healy, Chicago, IL (1928)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1895)

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Lyon & Healy Rare Old Violins, Violas & Violoncellos (August, 1924), Lyon & Healy, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Lyon & Healy Rare Old Violins, Violas & Violoncellos (1929), Lyon & Healy, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 16, 1967, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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