In fair condition, a super rare 1804-1814 British Privateer (Pirate) / Merchant Officer’s Figure of Eight Cutlass.
1804 to 1814 British cutlass grip (later grips were more fluted under the pommel). Not Royal Navy as not an official pattern. The blade is based on or even a shortened 1803 pattern infantry officer’s sword (curved blades were very popular with many naval officers). The blade has the remains of etching, so an officer’s, not a rating’s cutlass. This cutlass was once worn by, most likely, a British Privateer (state sanctioned pirate) or, less likely, a merchant officer.
The 24 3/4 inch blade is aged / worn has some heavy pitting patches but remains sound and firm in the hilt. The figures of eight hilt. The hilt itself is aged and buckled / dented but sound. The cast steel grip has wear / age but is good. The original scabbard is a huge bonus but is really aged and the leather, what is left of it, is weak. The cutlass sheathes and draws well.
A very rare cutlass and very much under-priced at £1000. Please quote item reference AE67. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0979-101x19x16 (2.021).