Detail of sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson: 1798-1800

James Morisset

Detail of sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson: 1798-1800
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Detail of sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson, showing one of a pair of crocodiles that flank the centre of the guard to the left. The crocodile is set against an enamelled translucent blue plaque and it is meant to represent the Nile. The Corporation of London presented this sword to Nelson together with the Freedom of the City of London in 1800. This was partly in response to Nelson's gift to the Lord Mayor of London of the sword surrendered by the French Admiral at the Battle of the Nile. But above all, it was in recognition of Nelson's 'public services and the eminent advantages he has rendered his country.'

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Date
 
1798 AD - 1800 AD
Image Number
 
001275

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