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Hilt of sword, Chinese
Chinese sword, which belonged to Admiral Sir James Hanway Plumbridge (1787-1863). The hilt of the sword consists of a gilt pommel and crosspiece with very short down-turned quillons, and a fluted brown grip. The hilt is ornamented with a design of bats, which are a symbol of good luck. The steel blade is straight and double-edged. The point of the blade has evidently been broken off; it is about an inch too short for the scabbard and is rather roughly ground. The wooden scabbard is covered with lacquered paper, and has four gilt lockets and a chape, which is ornamented with a design of bats. The two middle lockets are fitted with loops.
- Image reference: E1197
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London