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Over the decade or so that I’ve been a writer I’ve been privileged to meet many collectors, modellers, academics and historians who share my love of the Age of Fighting Sail. They’ve all been generous in giving of their time, and in some instances, allowing me special access to precious artefacts and documents
One such collector is Sim Comfort whose wonderfully eclectic treasure trove of coins, medals, paintings, swords and other naval items has been built up over a many decades. I must admit I found it very hard to disengage from the delights in Sim’s study when I visited!
From Webster Groves, Missouri, Sim joined the US Navy at age 18. The US Naval Security Group sent him to Guam and later to London, where the National Maritime Museum sparked a life-long love affair with British naval history.
Sim has published a number of fine reprints on naval subjects, including David Steel’s ‘Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship.’ He has also authored two books based on his collection, ‘Forget Me Not’ (a study of naval and maritime engraved coins and plate) and ‘Naval Swords and Dirks’ (British, French and American weapons, 1730-1830).
A new volume on Nelson’s swords will be published next year.
Recently Sim played a major role in setting up a Loan Exhibition of Miniature Naval Portraits, at which many pieces from his collection were shown. With Sim’s kind permission I’m delighted to be able to share the 68-page catalogue. It’s fascinating reading! Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll email you one