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Stand number: 216

The £50 Lloyd’s swords given to Torin and his fellow captains were the only ones ever presented to Merchant Navy officers and uniquely have the ship’s name and the date engraved on the scabbard. Torin took command of the Coutts around 1796. He numbered among his friends John Constable and in 1803 the painter joined the Coutts from the Medway to Deal. On the journey Constable completed nearly 130 sketches. Peter Finer prices the sword at a six-figure sum.