Original British Georgian Naval Cutlass from H.M.S. Dreadnaught - circa 1820
Original Item: One of a Kind. Straight out of the rack for easy access to repel borders, this is the classic 19th. Century Cutlass used in the Royal Navy after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, actually adopted around 1820 and in use right up until the end of WWI.
The heavy slightly curved blade bears Crown / GR proofs on the ricasso and spine, probably for King George IV, without a fuller, in bright shining condition measuring 29" in length. There is also proof mark B / 13 on the ricasso, and there is a small copper plaque marked 2I, most likely the rack location. It is equipped with the standard Iron ribbed grip and iron bowl guard, both retaining most of their original black paint. The Cutlass measuring 34 overall, and the exterior of the bowl guard is clearly engraved with H.M.S. DREADNAUGHT in large letters.
These cutlasses were traditionally stored "ON DECK" in wood racks without scabbards so they could be ready for instant use.
Romantic and totally original, ready to be put back into service or display.
There have been many ships with the name H.M.S. Dreadnaught, and this would have to originate from HMS Dreadnought (1801), a Royal Navy 98-gun second rate ship of the line. She was launched at Portsmouth at midday on Saturday, 13 June 1801, after she had spent 13 years on the stocks. She was the first man-of-war launched since the Act of Union 1800 created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and at her head displayed a lion couchant on a scroll bearing the Royal arms as emblazoned on the Standard.
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