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Pierced half-basket hilted sword
This sword fits no recognizable pattern. If the guard were of steel or gun metal then it would resemble that ordered for either heavy cavalry or the Royal Engineers in 1856. The crown and anchor badge, however, are original to this guard and it must be assumed that the sword was made up to definite private specifications given by a naval officer. Perhaps the possibility of land service led to the preference for a land pattern sword embellished to show the owner's own service.
Batten & Adams
- Image reference: E1466
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London