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Cutlass

Object Number: 
X.143
Date: 
1790-1810
Medium: 
Steel, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 33 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. ( 85.1 x 11.4 x 10.8 cm )
Description: 
Cutlass with wide, straight, single-edged steel blade that tapers only slightly from hilt to point; large oval sheet metal (iron?) counter-guard curves into knuckle-bow, which widens into an oval shape at center and is pierced with slot for sword knot near juncture with pommel; cast iron grip with corrugations.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is identified as a British Naval cutlass in the accession records. The shape of the counter-guard and knuckle-bow and also the style of the grip are typical of British cutlasses of the period (see Harold Peterson, "The American Sword, 1775-1945," p. 51).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group