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Officer's 'mortuary' sword, 1650 (c)

With hilt decorated with human heads and leaf-like decoration.

Mortuary swords were usually carried by officers on both sides during the English Civil War. Although some swords have crude representations of King Charles I on the hand guards, these were made before his execution and were emblems rather than memorials for a dead monarch. Many other swords were decorated with grotesque designs popular at the time.

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NAM. 1988-05-13-1


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National Army Museum, Formation gallery

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