French 1837 Naval Boarding Cutass
This is the 1837 variant of the French M1833 Naval Cutlass. The 1837 is basically the same as the 1833, except instead of a large bowl guard, it has a more conventional low-profile D-guard allowing left-handed seamen to use it. The blade is in excellent condition with the some notches on the sharp eadege indicating use. It is very solid throughout without any cracks/fractures and is very solidly attached to the hilting without any wiggle or play. There are rack numbers stamped into the iron hilt as well as the blade. This design continued to set the standard for all European cutlasses, as well as the US Model 1860 cutlass which copied its design . Its distinguishing features are a cast iron hilt with a pommel in the form of a Phrygian helmet, and wide blade. The M 1833 followed earlier French designs, and used an octagonal iron grip formed over a wood core.
Dimensions: Blade Length: 25″ Overall Length: 30 1/2″ Width of blade: 1 1/4″ Depth of blade: 1/4″
Weight: 1 lb. 15 3/4 oz.
There is a 5 pointed inspectors stamp on the ricasso alongside the stamp, and the same 5 star along with an anchor and other another stamp on the hilt. There is a “12” barely visible marked on the obverse.
This is a rare and superior example of an French Sabres du Bord Cutlass and will be appreciated
by those who value historic
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