Object Title

Cutlass

Cutlass

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

IX.1995

Provenance

Formerly on loan to Farleigh Hungerford (Loan L22); taken into guardianship with the Castle.

Physical Description

The guard is of iron, painted black, and formed of a plain oval shell in one with a smaller ovoid knuckle-guard. The profile of each oval section is curved to form a slightly convex outer face and concave inner face. Both sections of the guard are connected by a short iron strip. Another strip curves up from the knuckle-guard to cap the pommel, where its disc-shaped end-piece is secured over the pommel by the burred tip of the tang of the blade. The rear edge of the shell forms a rectangular stool which is recurved towards the blade and is rolled under itself. The tubular grip is composed of a wooden core of circular section which is overlaid by a sheet of blackened iron rolled round and welded.


The straight single-edged blade has plain faces with a narrow fuller next to the flattened rear edge, and a spear point. shoulder of the blade.

Dimensions

BladeLength735mm
OverallLength855mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, stamped: crown over 9.On blade, on inside, stamped: crown.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Possibly returned 1979: the date '1979' is in the Tuped Inventory but with no explanation.
Cf. W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service', 2 vols (cont. pag.), London, 1970, II, Pls 64a, 65. NOTE There is not yet a Master inventory entry for this 'pattern'. This should be changed to a cross-ref. to the Master entry when one is created.