|This maghreb Nimcha
belonged to Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Hopsonn (1642-1717).
The hilt consists of a brass knuckle-guard formed by a
long curved, down turned quillon. The opposite quillon
ends short and is turned up. The grip is horn which is
covered with chased silver-plating originally having two
rubies or other jewels mounted near the pommel. The flat-backed
steel blade is slightly curved with a hatchet point and
two deep grooves. Family tradition has it that Vice-Admiral
Sir Thomas Hopsonn ,when Lieutenant about 1670, boarded a
Turkish ship and the Captain of that vessel was in the
act of cutting him down when he arrested the stroke,
wrenched the sabre from his opponent's hand and slew him
with his own weapon'. It was probably an Algerian corsair
and Hopsonn was a First Lieutenant on the 'Dragon' in the
Mediterranean about 1676 ."