Jewelled and enamelled sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson by the Corporation of London: 18th century
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Jewelled and enamelled sword of honour with gold hilt enamelled and set with diamonds. Presented by the City of London to Lord Nelson in 1800 in commemoration of the Battle of the Nile 1798. The sword hilt is decorated with a series of translucent blue enamelled plaques, those on the grip show the coats of arms of City of London and of Lord Nelson encircled by facetted diamonds, set in a silver background. The centre of the guard is studded with silver set facetted diamonds which read '1798' and 'Nile' and are flanked by enamelled crocodiles representing the 'Nile'. As the inscription reads, this was to mark 'Testimony of the high esteem they entertain of his Public Services and of the eminent advantages he has rendered his country'. The sword was made for a left-hand grip, as Nelson had lost his right arm at Santa Cruz, Tenerife in 1797.
1798 AD - 1800 AD