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French Model 1801 CUTLASS - The IX, 'Le Sabre d'Abordage'

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FRENCH MODEL 1801 CUTLASS
'Le Sabre d'Abordage', (Sabre De Bord or Boarding Cutlass) 

 French M 1801 called a IX Cutlass and scabbard image

 

 By the French Republic Calendar Year a Model IX

Presented is a historic French Model 1801 cutlass and metal scabbard that set the standard for all European cutlasses, as well as the US Model 1860 cutlass, which years later closely copied it . Its distinguishing features are a cast iron hilt with a pommel in the form of a Phrygian helmet, large shell guard, and wide blade.  The M 1801 called an IX when using the French Republican calendar, followed earlier French designs, and used an octagonal iron grip formed over a wood core which was protected by an iron shell guard on the obverse. The upright quillion of the IX model has five unique lobes on its face. The iron blade is 26 1/2 inches long, 3/8 inch thick, and 1 3/8 inches wide and is marked with a large anchor on both sides. Nearly all the French cutlasses were made by Klingenthal and normally carried their mark on the spine of the blade near the hilt. This one may have been made by another manufactory, so there is no question as to its authenticity.

Ames M 1860 Civil War Servce
                                    Cutlass image

The Model 1860 US Naval Cutlass shown for comparison

MARKINGS: The scabbard and the blade at the ricasso carry the number 267 hand painted in white. We believe this to be a museum accession number since all military numbers would be stamped in the metal as is the stamped number 295 which is on the inside of the top the quillion. On the obverse ricasso is small lettering that is covered by the guard and cannot be read. The same is true on the reverse ricasso. On the spine is what may be a single letter. Stamped on each side of the blade near the hilt is a 1 1/2 inch anchor with stock slanting toward the sharp edge.

 

Correct markings of a slanting anchor appear
                                    on both sides of the blade image

Blade Markings: a painted 267 and an engraved or stamped slanting anchor

CONDITION OF GUARD: The knuckle bow has a flange that accepts an elliptical guard which acts as a hand shield. The curved hand shield is riveted to the flange at the rear and then brazed on the stirrup strap. This forms a solid half shell guard. There are small dents on the guards face and it has a mottled greenish brown and black patina of age on the outside and a light rusty film on the inside.

Front of Model IX French cutlass hilt showing
                                    lobes image
Grip and reverse hilt of Model IX French cutlass image
Looking down on the Model IX's full basket guard image

Various views of the iron hilt and guard of the French M 1801 i.e. Year IX cutlass

Looking at the obverse blade close to the
                                    hilt image
Ceneter section of the Model IX French cutlass' center section image
Point of the Model IX French cutlas of 1801 image

Sections of the obverse blade of the French M 1801 IX cutlass

The obverse of the French IX cutlass of
                                    1801 image
The reverse of the French IX cutlass of 1801 image

Both sides of the French Model IX of 1801

 

 

SCABBARD & BLADE CONDITION: In addition to what has been described elsewhere, the blade and all individual parts are tight and correct. The blade is sharp with numerous small nicks for the first two thirds of its length and has a mottled Silver Grey finish with some dark spotting on the exterior of the shell guard.  The interior of the shell guard shows light surface rust. The scabbard has some dents, scratches and discoloration down its length, but is sturdy and no seam shows. There is a hook on the back for attaching to a belt.

Obverse side of French cutlass's metal
                                    scabbard image
Reverse side of the French cutlass's metal scabbard image

Both sides of the French Model IX Cutlass's metal scabbard

 
 

DIMENSIONS: Cutlass 31 3/4" long overall. 26 1/2" blade length

Max width of blade 1 3/8" Max thickness 3/8"

Fuller 1" W x 21 5/8" L           Total weight 3 lbs. 10 1/2 oz.       Weight Cutlass 2 lbs 11 oz

This is a rare and superior example of an French Sabres du Bord Cutlass and will be appreciated by those who value historic weapons!

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