US Federal Navy M1797 Cutlass, British Capture,
An exceptionally rare figure of eight US Federal Navy Model 1797
Pattern, battle damage, British capture (later British crown mark);
most likely a British capture during the War of 1812.
Remains of "US" to guard, Schnitzler & Kirschbaum
of Solingen under Prussian crown proof marks, separate / later British
crown over 4 pre-1840 acceptance mark. Schnitzler & Kirschbaum
are recorded as having supplied sword blades to the United States
at / around this time (German Swords and Sword Makers - Bezdek).
This type of Crown over a number (without a letter code in the middle)
British Board of Ordnance mark were typically used from the early
1800's. We purchased this item at auction in the UK; the vendors
said their family had owned it for beyond memory. Most likely captured
by the British along with a vessel / warship such as the USS Chesapeake
(later HMS Chesapeake) or USS President.
The 27inch blade is in overall good condition but with period nicks
along the forward cutting edge, indicating it was taken from a US
Federal warship where the crew put up a fight after being bordered,
plus extensive areas of patina. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt
and grip are both in good condition.
A superb, rare, evocative and well above average War of 1812 battle
trophy (well, not "trophy" as it was pressed into British
Royal naval service). Please quote item reference I89 (1100). Further
/ full sized images upon request.