Cutlass

Cutlass
Title
Cutlass
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Jeff Breitman
Object Number 
1979.72
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group