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Marshal Jourdan's Baton and case 1804

RCIN 61176

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Marshal Jourdan was a commander of the French army. His baton, a symbol of authority, was found amongst his personal baggage captured at the Battle of Vittoria on 21 June 1813, when a combined British, Portuguese and Spanish army under the Marquess (later Duke) of Wellington defeated French forces. The baton was sent from Spain to be laid ‘at the feet’ of the Prince Regent, a gift which delighted George.

Presented by Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington