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Georgian British Royal Navy Officer's Slotted Hilt Hanger / Cutlass, for sale

Circa 1770, a rare double slotted hilt Royal Naval officer's hanger / cutlass.

Georgian British Royal Navy Officer's Slotted Hilt Hanger / Cutlassimage M51 1

Sold Item Notice

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).

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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)

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