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    Volunteer Artillery pattern 1821 sword query

    A friend of mine showed me his new sword yesterday evening at a Antique Arms Collectors Guild gathering &, not being sword experts, we were both curious to learn what the device is that is embossed on the blade, the opposite side having the royal cypher.

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    They're winged thunderbolts, which historically are the corps emblems for the Artillery (and also Engineers).

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    For what it is worth I think the emblem derives from that found on the shields of the Roman Praetorian guard.(Picture Osprey ''The Praetorian Guard'') Winged thunderbolts have also been found engraved on ancient Greek slinger's bullets.
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    Thank you gentlemen for your replies.

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