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Detail of sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson. This image is set on the grip of the sword and is shown against a translucent blue plaque. It depicts Lord Nelson with a lion, encircled by faceted diamonds. The inscription reads: 'PALMAM QUI. MERUIT FERAT'. The Corporation of London presented this jewelled and enamelled 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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