Object Title

Sword - British 'Pattern' 1804 Naval Cutlass

Sword - British 'Pattern' 1804  Naval Cutlass

Date

early 19th century

Object Number

IX.1990

Physical Description

The black painted guard is formed of a plain oval shell in one with an ovoid knuckle-guard. The rear edged of the shell has a plain curved quillon directed away from the hand. The knuckle-guard terminates over the pommel in a flat cap with a rectangular slot along the narrowed end piece curved to join the top of the grip.

The grip is ribbed and shaped to the hand. Painted black.

The blade is single edged and flat/has plain faces and a spear point. On the outer face it is marked with a crown over a large pair of initials G.R. at a distance of 115 mm from the hilt. There is another much smaller crowned mark stamped on the same face of the blade near the hilt. On the flat back edged of the blade, close to the shell guard, is the maker's name 'Hadley'.

Techniques

Forged

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength730 mm
OverallLength850 mm
OverallWeight1077 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
'Hadley' followed by a circle.
On the back of the blade near the hilt
Stamped
Royal Cypher
G.R
outer face of blade
Incised
Inspectors mark?
crown
outer face of blade, below G.R
Stamped

Associations

Notes

The alternative dimension in square brackets was taken in connection with photography by Bridgewater Books, in July/August 2007.