1780-1790 British Royal Naval Cutlass, for
In good condition, a super rare I Sorby of Sheffield made 1780-1790
British Royal Naval Cutlass.
Likely 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superceded by a new model were so modified to fit with many others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. I Sorbay made cutlasses for
the British navy from circa 1780 to 1790.
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 very, very rare maker. Very
nicely priced at just £1000. Please quote item reference number
AF81. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box