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US Federal Navy M1797 Cutlass, British Capture, sold

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.

US Federal Navy M1797 Cutlass, British Capture

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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.

 

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