England expects

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detail of a hand written message 'England expects that every man will do his duty'

Here's a brain teaser for eagle-eyed people who know our collections well. Today I had the opportunity to see something that I'm very familiar with in unusual circumstances. Can you guess what it is from the detail above?

Here's a clue - it fits in quite well with the theme of a certain big festival down on the waterfront that starts later this week. All will be revealed in a few days...