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Richard Schenk
M 1861 Officer's Cutlass
Tue May 27, 2014 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' use. These officers' swords cost the Navy $10.15 each." From this it would appear at least some M1861 Officers' cutlasses were Naval Ordinance vice private purchases. Do you know whether these government-procured examples were serial numbered like the enlisted versions?

  • 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 Cutlass — Richard Schenk, Tue May 27 08:44
      • 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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