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Nelson did not wear his sword (centre) at Trafalgar, scene of his death. It was found in his cabin after the battle and sent to Lady Hamilton. From her it passed to John Kinsey, a former servant of Alderman Smith who acquired many of Nelson's possessions. In 1847 Kinsey tried to sell the sword through a local paper. He was unsuccessful, so he pawned it. It was rescued by an innkeeper in Bushey, from whom it eventually passed to Lady Llangattock.

The sword of Admiral Villeneuve (right), Commander in Chief of the combined Fleets of France and Spain was surrendered to Lord Collingwood on October 21st 1805. The sword of Rear-Admiral Cisneros of the Spanish fleet (left) was surrendered on the same day.

Nelson Museum & Local History Centre

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