Item:
ONSV4039

Original Set of Two U.S. Civil War Model 1860 Naval Cutlasses with Rack Numbers - One Relic & One Dated 1862

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Just received out of an old collection along with about 100 other swords! These are two examples of the rarely seen U.S. Naval Cutlass, as used from 1860-1865. The boarding cutlass was derived from the French pattern of 1833, often referred to as a “cullere a pot,” or more commonly called the “soup ladle” weapon. Both examples feature all brass mounts, a wood with leather wrapped sword grip, though the condition of both varies considerably.

The first example is in "relic" condition, and really does show years of use, possibly at sea. These were often stored on deck with little protection from the salt and water, so heavy pitting on the blade was not uncommon. The grip was very deteriorated, and some collector wrapped it with tape, and then with a long strip of leather, as shown. It is unmarked on the blade, however the basket bears rack number M / 322

The second example is in much better shape, and is even dated 1862 on the blade, which has also at some point been nickel-plated. This protected it from further oxidation, though it unfortunately most likely removed the makers marks during the process. The hilt is in good shape, and it still has the original twisted brass wire wrapped black leather present. Part of the hilt was plated with the blade, showing that it was done after production. There is also a rack mark on this one as well: 7 M / 201.

A very nice set, offered in very nice collector's condition! original Civil War Naval Cutlasses are getting harder and harder to find every year! Ready to display!

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