A Fine Lloyd's Patriotic Fund Sword And Belt Of £50 Value To Lieut. Wm. Howe Mulcaster Of H.M.S. Minerva
Dated 15 July 1805
With curved single-edged hollow-ground blade richly etched and gilt against a blued ground with flowers, foliage, a naval trophy, figures of Britannia and of Hope, the crowned arms and cypher of George III, a cornucopia, and the presentation inscription, stirrup hilt of ormolu, the quillons formed as fasces, the knuckle-guard as a Hercules club entwined by a snake, the langets cast with acanthus foliage and applied naval trophies, the back-piece of the chequered ivory grip cast as the skin of the Nemean Lion, in its original fishskin-covered border engraved scabbard mounted in ormolu, the mounts with applied naval trophies and fouled anchors, the former framing respectively figures of Hercules with the Hydra and with the Nemean Lion, and a nude man wrestling a tiger on an anchored leash, two suspension rings, the locket engraved 'R. Teed. Dress Sword Maker to the Patriotic Fund, Lancaster Court, Strand, London', and retaining nearly all its original blued and gilt finish; the belt of navy blue leather embroidered with silver-gilt threads and spangles (minor losses), the gilt mounts including lion-mask bosses, the interlocking circular buckle cast and chased with Britannia fighting the Hydra above 'Patriotic Fund 1803'