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Detail of a gold hilt, jewelled and enamelled sword of honour. 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'. The Corporation of London presented this sword to Admiral Horatio Nelson together with the Freedom of the City of London in 1800. 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.
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