ANTIQUE FRENCH NAVAL CUTLASS SWORD, PATTERN
Authentic French Naval cutlass, pattern 1833. Details: the hilt consists of a rectangular sectioned knuckle-guard, which swells to form a roughly oval shell, ending in a slightly upturned tongue, large sheet iron guard which is cast in one piece and covers practically the entire knuckle-guard and shell, the pommel cap is fitted with a domed tang button, octagonal grip. The steel blade is slightly curved, single-edged, flat-backed with a false edge A broad, shallow fuller runs from the small shoulder of the blade to within 130 mm of the symmetrical point. Entire sword is well marked, the back of the blade is engraved with an inscription, which incorporates the words Manuf re R ale de Chatellerault 7bre 1837. The ricasso bearing ordnance inspector S Wiedman mark (1836-1843)- a small shield with W and the star above also there are numerous inspector marks on the hilt. The overall length in a straight lane: 31 ¾ inches (80,7cm) and the blade is 26 ½ inches (67,3cm). Condition: the blade was cleaned but the obverse and reverse of the blade, near the hilt still shows engraved anchor.
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