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Cutlass

Object Number: 
1979.72
Date: 
1650-1800
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 31 1/2 x 3 5/8 x 3 1/4 in. ( 80 x 9.2 x 8.3 cm )
Description: 
Sword (cutlass) with curved, single-edged iron blade and iron hilt; cupped oval counter-guard with short quillon with cylindrical finial; knuckle-bow now broken and missing; cast iron grip with corrugations.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was found ca. 1957 by the donor within the wooden ribs of a colonial vessel in the mud of a construction site on Pearl Street, in New York City. In a contemporaneous article appearing in The New York Times, the vessel was identified as a "Dutch barge" of the 1650s.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Jeff Breitman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group