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18C North European Brass Hilted Naval Hanger / Cutlass, Sold

In good condition, a rare circa mid 18C brass hilted North European naval hanger / cutlass.

18th Century North European Brass Hilted Naval Hanger / Cutlassimage L90 1

Sales enquiries

A cutlass / naval hanger as opposed to an infantry / artillery hanger due to the non-decreasing / horizontal spiral brass grip. There is the feint remains of a maker's mark to the forte; we can not find an exact match but several similar (all Germania). This naval hanger is very similar to ones used by the British circa 1740, and also shares some characteristics with Russian naval hangers. It is hard to specifically identify this sword as it is so rare.

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The 23 5/8 inch blade is typical length for naval use; it may have lost its very tip at some stage and been reground to remain in active service, but the curve suggests the blade would have been no more than 25 inches originally. Blade has erosion to the forte area but not to the majority of the blade; this appears to be just that, erosion, not a repaired blade, though the later is possible and if so, was period / skillfully done. Blade firm in the hilt. The brass hilt and grip all good, some wear, some scuffs and other marks.

This may well be the bargain of a lifetime, yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number L90 (1224). Further / large images available upon request.

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