Product images of Guillotine blade captured on Guadeloupe by the Royal Navy in 1794
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Guillotine blade captured on Guadeloupe by the Royal Navy in 1794
This guillotine blade, still mounted with rivets to its original lead weighted wooden block, was used on the West Indian island of Guadeloupe by French republicans. It is said to have been used to execute more than 50 royalists. This guillotine is likely to have been taken to the Americas by the French Revolutionary commissar Victor Hugues, when he was sent to Martinique and Guadeloupe to purge the royalists. In 1794 the British occupied Guadeloupe and Captain Matthew Scott of HMS 'Rose' brought back the guillotine blade as a war trophy.
- Image reference: F4342
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London