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Sword belt

Date: c 1900
Dimensions:
Overall: 650 x 360 x 250 mm, 0.3 kg
Medium: Leather, brass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Armament
Object Name: Sword belt
Object No: 00019158
Place Manufactured:London

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    Description
    This sword belt was acquired with a Royal Naval Reserve Officer's Sword dating to the early twentieth century, but the belt is thought to been manufactured more recently than this.
    SignificanceNaval Officer's swords and their accoutrements symbolise the pomp of Naval Officers' dress and are an important ceremonial aspect of Naval life.
    HistoryThis belt was an accessory for swords that were designed exclusively for use at sea and developed in the late eighteenth century; by the mid-nineteenth century, cutlers and manufacturers were active in many English industrial centres, notably Birmingham. The Royal Navy produced the first regulation sword pattern in 1905, and throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century these regulations were regularly revised. Officers usually carried swords when landed, and many preferred to maintain two swords: one for ceremonial use, and one for combat. By the early twentieth-century, swords were seldom used during boarding action, but were retained for ceremonial and presentation use.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Sword belt

    Primary title: SWORD BELT

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