Original U.S. Civil War Rare Rack Number Marked M1860 Naval Boarding Cutlass by Ames - Dated 1862

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Now this is a rare bird! This is a very nice example of the rarely seen U.S. Naval Model 1860 Boarding 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. It features all brass mounts and a wood grip with almost all of the original leather present. These were NEVER bound in brass wire even though there are grooves.

The curved 26 inch blade's ricasso is marked on one side with the banner style address, which is almost completely faded, but still legible -

Made By

One the other side it is marked-


Daniel Reynolds was a Union Government Inspector assigned to the AMES sword factory during the period of the Civil War. The underside of the guard is marked with rack number 23M / 306. The guard of this example, and others we have seen, was coated with lacquer to improve the appearance and protect it, with some of this getting on the blade ricasso.

The 26 inch blade is in very good condition, with a bright finish with just a bit of oxidation staining in places. The edge is a bit rough due to some light denting. Brass bowl hand guard showing signs of its very rare ORIGINAL tin plating, surrounding the grooved wooden grip. The guard has a lovely mustard patina.

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

Blade Length: 26"
Blade Style: Curved Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 32“
Basket dimensions: 4 1/2" width x 5” length

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