Georgian British Royal Navy Officer's Slotted
Hilt Hanger / Cutlass, for sale
Circa 1770, a rare double slotted hilt Royal Naval officer's hanger
Although it is possible this could have been an infantry officer's
sword, this particular style of slotted hilt hanger, the blade length,
the grip type and the scabbard especially are associated with Royal
Naval officers (see: plates 15 and 16 of Swords for Sea Service,
Commander W.E.May & P.G.W.Amis - plate 15 not bearing the typical
fouled anchor). This is a fighting cutlass, not a dress sword (which
the officer may also had).
The 23 inch blade may have lost some length during its service
history but, even allowing for that, is still typically shorter
than an infantry officer's hanger. The blade was period sharpened
and there are period looking nicks to the forward cutting edge.
The blade is a little loose in the hilt. The hilt's knucklebow has
a glued repair (crucially, it appears to be at a union anyway, so
any decent metal shop should be able to recast the two together)
and we can not guarantee if the present repair will last. The grip
has lost a lot of its surface leather. The original leather scabbard
is a huge bonus and is in sound condition, some weakness near the
point end. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A very, very rare sword and a great investment at only £750.
Please quote item reference M51. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 1269-1m (1.543)