Rare late 17th century English silver mounted English Naval officer's sword - Cutlass (hanger). DETAILS: A slightly curved single edged blade, double- edged toward the point, deeply struck at one side of the forte with a Kings head mark, the other side with a Kings head and a mark of copper inlaid stiletto. A solid silver hilt comprising short rear quillon with rounded terminal engraved with a crown surmounted by a cross, a knuckle guard interrupted on the middle by a cast and chased in low relief figure holding a shield and a spear enclosed by crowns, with its original natural stag-horn grip fitted with a silver collar and an iron pommel. The wooden scabbard is covered with dark brown hand stitched leather, which is most likely a later addition.
REFERENCES: A comparable sliver hilted British hanger dated to 1685, is in the collection of the Victoria And Albert Museum published in the 1984 THE V & A. ALBUM 3" Page 32 FIG.6b.Also another one is published with color photographs in the Book Naval Swords and Dirks by Sim Comfort. Volume 1, Page 23.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 61 cm (24 inches). CONDITION: The sword is in good condition considering its age of over 300 years old.