In aged but sound / good condition, a rare circa 1840 British Royal Naval Cutlass.
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Either a forerunner to or a special variation of the British 1845 pattern cutlass, very little information exists on these rare pistol gripped naval swords, except that Mole made some or perhaps all of them. This cutlass clearly was issued to a British Royal Navy ship or perhaps a shore station / facility, as it has both a Board of Ordnance Broad Arrow mark to the blade, plus a brass weapon number plaque / lozenge to the guard / hilt. It also clearly had a long harsh service life as it was finally blunted (the tip rounded) for sword practice.
The 27 1/2 inch blade has many old nicks, probably from when it was a practice weapon, plus is worn and has a steady dark patina throughout. Blade firm in the hilt and grip, a tiny amount of movement. Strap / bowl hilt with some original black service paint remaining in good condition but with age and some distortion. Grip in good condition.
Truly a rare item at a rare low price; was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Y77. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1481-101x18x16 (2.069).