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Duke of Wellington Waterloo Flask
Duke of Wellington Waterloo Flask by FirstNightDesign

I may be two hundred and one years too late but I’m going to cheer for the Iron Duke because I’ve just sold one of these flasks and have nothing else to write about! There’s something immeasurably pleasing about selling a ‘big’ item. Now, if I could just sell one a day…


‘I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me.’ WellingtonNapoleon Guide


I’ve yet to sell the flask below but I’ve sold quite a few mugs and prints with the battle scene by William Sadler, especially in 2015, the 200th anniversary of Waterloo.

Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler Hip Flask
Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler Hip Flask by FirstNightDesign


Another Side to the Iron Duke

The Duke once met a little boy, crying by the road. “Come now, that’s no way for a young gentleman to behave. What’s the matter?” he asked.
“I have to go away to school tomorrow,” sobbed the child, “and I’m worried about my pet toad. There’s no-one else to care for it and I shan’t know how it is.”
Keen to ease the little chap’s discomfort, the Duke promised to attend to the matter personally.
After the boy had been at school for just over a week, he received a note: “Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to Master —- and has the pleasure to inform him that his toad is well.” Napoleon Guide


All flasks at Zazzle US
All flasks at Zazzle UK

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler
Prints of The Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler are available to buy at FirstNightVintage

I have been so caught up with the anniversary of D-Day and it being 100 years since the outbreak of The Great War in 1914, that it came as a slight shock yesterday to realise that 2015 will mark 300 years since the Battle of Waterloo.

Might your ancestors have been in the thick of the fighting on 18th June, 1815? Click here to see why.


‘My heart is broken by the terrible loss I have sustained in my old friends and companions and my poor soldiers. Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.’ Letter from the field of Waterloo (June 1815), as quoted in Decisive Battles of the World (1899) by Edward Shepherd Creasy. Wikiquote


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