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Peace in 1856. 

Peace was formally proclaimed in the great provincial towns on Wednesday.

 At Southampton, the Corporation sword, which was unsheathed when

 war was declared, was returned to its scabbard.  [The Crimea War ended  in February 1856]

Alan Spencer, former Southampton Town Sargent and editor of the journal

“Mace-Bearer” provided the following background: The sword is in the

 mayors corridor. It is the ancient sword of state for Soton.

 Its the 2nd longest in the country and still to this day removed from its

 scabbard if the country is at war. Not much is known of its history.

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