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J Sorlay 1790-1800 British Royal Navy Cutlass, for sale

In good condition, a rare J Sorlay made (1790-1800) British Royal Navy Cutlass.

J Sorlay 1790-1800 British Royal Navy CutlassImage af46 1

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No doubt originally a figure eight guard cutlass which has been period modified so that it can be stowed in numbers in a sea chest. Normally cutlasses that had been demoted through some damage or having been superceded by a new model were so modified to fit with many others in sea chests in the ship's gun decks where the need for a cutlass existed but seldom actually used. Though this one has a nick to the cutting edge and other "wear" which may account for why it was later modified and demoted. J Sorlay made cutlasses for the British navy from 1790 to 1800.

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The 26 1/2 inch blade is in overall good condition but with some harsh service wear and possible use evident. Blade firm in the hilt and grip. The guard with some age but good. The wooden grip with absorbed seaman's sweat and wear.

A great and evocative cutlass from a rare maker. Very nicely priced at just £1000. Please quote item reference number AF46. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1107-101x18x16 (1.381)

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