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1860 U. S. Navy Ames Cutlass
1860 U. S. Navy Ames Cutlass Price: $0.00
Product Code: ARRE279
Shipping Weight: 4.00 pounds

A good original example of an Ames 1861-dated government naval cutlass that would have been carried by U.S. Navy seamen aboard ship during the Civil War. The blade on this boarding cutlass measures 26” long, 1¼” wide at the ricasso and has a flat back with a single, wide, unstopped fuller with a dark gray patina. Blade exhibits scattered light pinprick pitting overall with a number of tiny nicks on the blade. On the reverse ricasso has a very thin maker’s three-line address that reads “_____ MFG Co / CHICOPEE / MASS.” The obverse shows “1861”. Stampings are light. Brass hilt, often referred to as a ‘soup ladle’ guard, is a rounded cup of heavy sheet brass riveted to the quillon and knucklebow and provides grip protection to the user. . Inside top edge of the quillon is stamped “850” which are thought to be rack position numbers on the ship. The Naval Cutlass measures 31 1/2 inches (80.6 cm) overall and weighs 2 1/2 pounds. From the Arthur A. Rebman maritime collection.

About 22,000 of the 1860 Naval Cutlasses were produced by Ames for the Navy, and 300 were purchased by the U. S. Army.

1860 U. S. Navy Ames Cutlass

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