Original U.S. Civil War Naval Boarding Cutlass with Rack Numbers - Dated 1862
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine early United States Naval Boarding Cutlass, right from the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. First adopted in the 1840's this is a classic cutlass design, with a full half basket brass bowl guard. The curved blade, measuring 25" is dated 1862 on the ricasso, but its makers markings, most likely of AMES & CO, have long been worn off or erased. Overall length is 32 inches.
Originally, the basket grip would have been plated entirely in tin, however just a tiny bit of this remains in places. The grip in wood covered with leather some of which still remains. These were NEVER bound in brass wire, and a bit of the original paint remains. There are rack numbers stamped into the inside of the cross guard: 10 M / 365, however we have not been able to research these further.
In really nice condition the brass is bright and the blade is in great shape, with just a bit of pitting in places. A fine Civil War Naval Cutlass, ready to display!
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