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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.

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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.

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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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