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Comparing a Standard Hilt and a Patent Solid Hilt

Above are two British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officers’ Swords, the sword on the left dates to c.1848, and the sword on the right to the late 1850s.  The sword on the left is quite standard, having a normal blade tang with fishskin-covered wood grip bound with wire.  The sword on the right features “Patent Solid Hilt” construction, which includes a tang that is the full width of the grip and pressed leather grip slabs.  The “Patent Solid Hilt” was patented in 1853 by Charles Reeves and was quickly adopted as the method for hilt construction for all cavalry swords for enlisted men from 1853-1908.  Reeve’s hilt, also sometimes called a “Patent Tang”, was also popular among officers who wanted a solid and reliable fighting sword.  The Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny / Indian Rebellion / India’s First War of Independence were hard-fought conflicts in which men depended on the quality of their sidearms and helped popularize the “Patent Solid Hilt” and other non-regulation fighting swords.  Also not the small section of guard that can fold up and down–this was to help prevent wear to the uniform.


Captain Nemo 

Captain Nemo real name is Prince Dakkar, son of the Hindu Raja of Bundelkund, and also a descendant of the Muslim Sultan Fateh Ali Tipu of the Kingdom of Mysore, famous for the Anglo-Mysore Wars. After the First Indian War of Independence of 1857, in which Dakkar lost his family and his kingdom, he devoted himself to scientific research and developed the Nautilus, wherein he and a crew of followers cruise the seas.

Nemo tries to project a stern, controlled confidence, but he is driven by a thirst for vengeance and a hatred of imperialism focused on the British Empire. He is also wracked by remorse over the deaths of his crew members and even by the deaths of enemy sailors. (X)

Created by Jules Verne

1st appearance Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

Captain Nemo

I’ve seen a lot of people asking about who Captain Nemo is as a character and others knowing only movie interpretations or simply confusing him with the fish from Disney’s “Finding Nemo” …

What can I say, Captain Nemo is one of the best known antiheroes in fiction (yes, my precious) and he is quite a mysterious figure.

First of all, the name; Nemo is Latin for “no one”. It’s a name taken with the purpose to remain anonymous, influence events yet remain in the shadows.

Nemo appears in a few of Jules Verne’s novels, but the ones where he plays quite an important part in the storyline are “The Mysterious Island” and “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.

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