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Kevin Hines
1860 "Officer's " cutlass- issue?
Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:31

Again, reading "Small Arms of the Sea Services" by Col. R. Rankin, USMC. noting that this work is some fifty-ish years old, I was wondering if any new info has come to light re: the use of the so-called "officer's" cutlass-were they ever issue, were they private purchase, and if so, were they used by officers or maybe senior petty officers. If used by officers, I'd think at least some would have been marked with an officer's name, but I haven't heard of any.

    • Officer's cutlassRick Wagner, Mon Jul 29 14:54
      The book you want, especially if you collect U. S. Navy Officer's swords in general, is U. S. NAVAL OFFICERS - THEIR SWORDS AND DIRKS by Peter Tuite. I happen to sell that book but any arms reference ... more
      • M 1861 Officer's CutlassRichard Schenk, Tue May 27 08:44
        John McAulay, in discussing the M1861 Cutlass in his "Civil War Small Arms of the US Navy and Marine Corps", states Daniel Reynolds "also inspected a few gilt swords that were obtained for Officers'... more
        • Naval Officer's Cutlass Richard Wagner, Tue May 27 13:40
          I think the inspected Officer's cutlasses were bought by the Navy to sell to officers that couldn't get to a retail arms dealer just as the Army did with both the M1850 Staff & the M1850 Foot... more
          • M1861 Officer Cutlassreschenk, Mon Mar 16 13:29
            Rick, Do you still follow this site? In any event, Reynolds definitely did inspect Officers' cutlasses purchased by the Navy. One such inspected cutlass was recently sold at auction (believe either... more
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