Original U.S. Civil War Service Worn Rare Model 1860 Naval Cutlass by Ames Mfg. Co. - Dated 1862
Original Item: Only One Available. Now this is a rare bird! This is a very nice service used example 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. As originally issued, these featured all brass mounts, a wooden leather wrapped sword grip, and a nice brass-fitted leather scabbard. Unfortunately, exposure to the sea air and moisture would rapidly degrade the leather components, so this example is missing the leather grip wrapping, as well as the entire scabbard. However these are hard to find in ANY condition, and we have only had a few previously.
Originally, the curved 26 inch blade's ricasso was marked on one side with the banner style address. On this particular cutlass, the markings are almost completely obfuscated from service wear and exposure to salt water. We can tell, however, that is is an Ames manufactured piece, as the last portion of tell tale scrolled lettering “MFG” is visible. One the other side it is marked 1862
The blade now has an oxidized patina. It does not look to have any major damage to the edge, just wear from years of cleaning and oxidation. The hilt appears to have been polished and coated with varnish long ago, and the grip shows evidence of applied black paint. Likely this was done for display purposes in a G.A.R. Hall, etc.
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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