Circa 1800 British West India Dock Company
Customs Cutlass, Sold
In sound to good overall condition, a circa 1800 British West
India Dock Company Customs Officer's Cutlass.
Marked "W I D C No 33" for cutlass number 33 of the West
India Dock Company in the Isle of Dogs, London; they were the
first purpose built docks in London. The area is now referred to
as "Canary Wharf", one of London's main financial centres.
It is unknown if this pattern of cutlass was exclusive to the West
India Dock Company, but was probably also used by many other Customs
officers throughout Britain.
The 24 7/8 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the
hilt and grip. The spiraled iron grip in good but worn condition.
The brass hilt itself is bent as you would expect from this softer
decorative metal, and there is a break on one of the bars, but it
is still overall sound.
You really do not see many of these around. A great naval collector's
must have for only £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item
reference number V36 (0993). Further / full sized pictures available