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Richard Wagner
Naval Officer's Cutlass
Tue May 27, 2014 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 Officers' swords. I don't know of any of these cutlasses that are inspected.
There is a variant that IS serial numbered within the contract range. The blades are tinned and the grips were not "jacked" later. There is an aster decoration within the disk on the end of the scabbard. The obverse of the blade is only stamped with an anchor and the date 1862. I have one in my collection and know of another. Were these pulled out of production for Petty Officers? Officers? Some other reason? I have not a clue.

  • 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
      • 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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