C1800 British Royal Naval Officer's Slotted
Hilt Cutlass / Sword, sold
A rare Georgian / Napoleonic / Trafalgar era British Royal Navy
officer's cutlass / sword / hanger.
Circa 1800 because of the flush domed pommel and prior to the 1805
naval sword regulations. Naval officer's (not infantry flank officer's)
because of the slotted hilt (flank officers having one piece stirrup
hilts regulated in 1800). Slotted hilts are normally associated
with circa 1770 swords but naval officers had much freedom to have
their own design up until 1805. Cutlass only because of the blade
length; it is an officer's sword / hanger with fishskin grip. The
blade is marked to "I Gill" which is presumed to be a
marking for Thomas Gill, but it is mere speculation as to why he
marked a small number of blades "I Gill". Note; Not all
naval swords had fouled anchors to them; a similar slotted hilt
sword can be seen Plate 15 / Sword No 262 "Swords for Sea Service"
by May and Annis.
27 5/16 Inch blade in good condition, some tiny remnants of etching
visible around the forte / ricasso area, a little loose in the hilt
but not much. Guard / hilt a little wobbly, not much. Fishskin grip
in good condition.
A rare, rare sword and yours for only £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference M72 (1274). Further / full sized images
available upon request.