The third case 1792 -1808

This wooden case is dominated by the Court case brought by the Society seeking to retrieve the Tobacco Box from a member who had retained it when his accounts were nor accepted. The Court’s decision is recorded on a silver fly leaf attached inside the lid.

Many of the engravings celebrate the victories of Nelson, including Justice Triumphant on the lid.

One of the inscriptions is especially poignant. It commemorated one of the Overseers, John Lee, who died in the course of his duty returning families co their parish of birch. Lee was a member of the London and Westminster Light Horse Volunteers, who, as self­ financing, trained cavalry, saw service during the Gordon Riots of 1780, and the invasion threats from France after 1793.

Another dramatic sea battle between an English ship and a French frigate is portrayed on the base.