An excellent and probably unique English C.1780's Naval Seaman's Cutlass. Comprises a distinctive bound corded grip that is reminiscent of contemporary petty officer's baleen cosh's that were used to keep order on board a ship. This was added at the time and obviously done by a sailor whilst on board. It has been done exceptionally well and typical of the skills of the British Napoleonic seaman. The blade is slightly curved and stamped with an official crown and GR mark that is found on British Napoleonic naval cutlasses of the period. The blade has a great dark age patina - has never been cleaned and is a real sleeper. Both hilt and blade are rock solid - no movement whatsoever. Blade length is 23.5 inches (28.5 inches overall). Have never seen a cutlass like this one before and doubt that you will ever come across another one again.
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