Detail of sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson: 1798-1800
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

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

James Morisset

© Museum of London

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Detail of sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson showing a scene on the shell with a bust of Lord Nelson being crowned with laurels by Britannia, with Hercules and Minerva looking on. The gold hilt is cast with sprays of oak, palm and laurel. The naval victories of Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758–1805) make him one of the great British heroes of the first part
of the century. This sword was made for a left-hand grip, as Nelson had lost his right arm at Santa Cruz, Tenerife in 1797.
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

001307
 

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