Circa 1770 / 1780 British Naval Officers
Shell Guard Cutlass, Sold
In very good condition, a Circa 1770 / 1780 British Naval Officers
Shell Guard Cutlass by Drury.
The stamp "(Crown) GR Drury" is not an acceptance mark,
but a statement what Drury was by appointment (sword cutler) to
King George III, though the marking and the shell guard do confirm
this was a naval officer's cutlass.
The 24 3/8 inch blade is in good condition but has been rigorously
cleaned. Apart from the period Drury stamps, there are a couple
of later number stamps (0 and 8) which I imagine means the sword
was once in a museum (and catalogue numbered) or this was done by
a previous owner for security (it may be part of their phone number);
only two feint numbers are now visible. The blade also has a small
round dent, which may be a musket round. The blade is firm in the
hilt. Under the shell guard is a late 1960's / early 1970's owner's
sticker (a dentist in Torquay) which his address and phone number,
which I have left for some provenance. The hilt and stag horn grip
are in good shape, some rubbing / age to the hilt.
Well above average condition. A very sound investment at £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AD37 (0478). Further
/ full sized images upon request.