J Sorlay 1790-1800 British Royal Navy Cutlass,
In good condition, a rare J Sorlay made (1790-1800) British Royal
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having been superceded by a new model were so modified to fit with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.
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