Rare Strap Guard British Royal Naval Cutlass,
In good, even very good condition for its age, a rare "Strap
Guard" British Royal Naval cutlass made by Woolley and Deakin
of Birmingham, England.
How rare are Strap Guard cutlasses? The authoritative reference
book "Borders Away" says they do not even know which country
made these cutlasses, or who used them! Well, we or you can write
to the author and put them straight; this 100% authentic Strap Guard
cutlass bears the makers name "Woolley and Deakin (& Co)"
and the British Board of Ordnance / Tower of London acceptance stamp,
the famous "GR" under crown cypher. The fact this cutlass
has a curved blade (most had straight) makes it even rarer. With
all the arguments / debates about when these cutlasses were made
Vs the physical evidence (style of GR cypher, maker name, type of
blade), we believe this cutlass was made circa 1800.
The 26 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition for its age, with
markings still clear, some period nicks to forward cutting edge
but not many, some pitting to the point area but not too much. Blade
firm in the hilt. The guard in incredibly good condition given its
frail nature, the grip also very good.
A rare, rare cutlass in very good condition; just try finding another
at any price. Our price is just xxxx. Please quote item reference
number H79 (1010). Further / full sized images available upon request.