English Napoleonic Naval Officer’s Cutlass Sword

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A terrific and extremely rare English Napoleonic Naval Officer's Cutlass Sword.  Have never seen one like this before and it is likely that it could be a one-off example made especially for an individual.  It is certainly not an official regulation pattern and so is quite intriguing.  I would date this cutlass to c.1780's-1800.  It has a very distinctive attachment of the knuckleguard to the pommel and this form of attachment is noted primarily in naval cutlasses of the period.  I have added a couple of pommel shots from English naval cutlasses of the period that I have sold previously and there is a definite similarity.

Maker marked to Read if Dublin

The quality and style of the cutlass indicates use by an officer as does the scabbard locket which bears the maker's name of Read of Dublin.  This company were in operation from 1787-1795 so we can comfortably date this sword within this period.  The hilt comprises a series of curled hilt bars that emanate from a central knuckleguard.  The hilt retains the original black japanning paint.  Blade is plain and single-fullered and in very good condition.  Comes with a leather and brass mounted scabbard in fine shape.  A rare piece of early British Napoleonic naval edged weaponry.  Blade length is 22.5 inches (28 inches overall).

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