A crowdfunding effort has been launched to try and buy the medicine cabinet that belonged to Lord Nelson’s surgeon Sir William Beatty.

The wooden apothecary case caused quite a splash when it emerged for sale here on 2Covet.

Members of the Royal Medical Service want to raise enough money so they can secure it for the planned visitor centre and museum at the former Royal Naval Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire.

Our very own dealer who owns the cabinet, Charles Wallrock, has reduced the asking price and reserved it to give fundraisers time to find £15,500.

Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Jo Laird is leading the campaign to raise the money.

She said: “When we saw the cabinet it struck us as such an important artefact that we ought to try and buy it for the new museum planned for the Haslar site.

“Beatty is a hugely important figure in the history of naval medicine and surgery and to have something connected with him and Nelson would be wonderful.

“We set up a crowdfunding page and the response has been amazing, but we still need to raise more money to secure it.

“If we manage to raise more than the cost we’ll invest the money in a display case for the cabinet.”

Charles Wallrock, who runs Wick Antiques in Lymington, Hants, said: “I think it would be wonderful if this were put on display in a museum.

To read the full article written by Ed Baker at Deep South Media, click here.

To donate to the crowdfunder, please click the following link: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-a-part-of-royal-navy-medical-history