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Open half-basket hilted sword
Open half-basket hilted sword. This sword exhibits a number of mistakes which lead to the assumption that it was made in 1827 when the half-basket hilted sword was introduced. The use of a basket in the Army style has been met with before. The black grip may be an indication that the sword was meant for a junior officer (though midshipmen changed to white at that time) and so may the absence of a lion's-head pommel. Acanthus decoration would seem a good substitute. Perhaps this sword dates from soon after Admiralty let it be known that a new sword was to be adopted and the maker did not wait for the issue of the regulations.
- Image reference: E1441
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London