A rare Spanish or Portuguese 18th Century Cutlass Military Hanger Sword. With iron bowl hilt and ribbed brass grip. Have seen similar examples over the years and they could have fulfilled a naval or army use. Definitely of official military issue and pattern. With a straight, single-fullered and double-edged blade towards the point. Is quite a substantial and heavy sword for its size and would have been carried by a private soldier.
Three-branched bowl hilt
With three-branched bowl hilt and prominent tang button. In worn condition to the bowl hilt and blade– might even have come out of the sea or from a river - probably lost or discarded during combat and retrieved many years later. An interesting piece for the collector of antique Spanish or Portuguese edged weaponry. Blade length is 27 inches (33 inches overall)
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