In good overall condition, a scarce Napoleonic British Royal Navy Cutlass by Woolley, Deakin & Dutton of Birmingham.
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Originally a figure eight guard cutlass whose hilt / guard has been period modified allowing it to 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 Normally cutlasses that had been “demoted” through some damage or having been superceded by a new model were so modified to fit with many others in sea chests on the ship’s gun decks. This cutlass has several ominous to the cutting edge and a GR (George III) crown to the blade rather than a view / inspection mark (broad arrow). Even more ominous than the nicks to the cutting edge of the blade perhaps is a single nick to the guard. Note: the blade has some remaining protective varnish over the maker’s name; it is not any kind of defect or damage.
The 26 1/2 inch blade is in good condition with several old if not period nicks (base metal hidden by patina, no burrs to the edges) and firm in the hilt and grip. The hilt / guard with age, but good. The tubular iron / steel grip (pre 1804 type) is good.
A great and evocative example by a well known and respected maker. Can’t beat was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number AF47. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1111-102x19x16 (1.542).