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Weapons identification

Postby simonw » Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:34 pm

sword 1b.jpg
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This were found in the props room of our local theatre.
The sword is all metal, heavily pitted, but with a very sharp edge which seems never to have been re-sharpened. Because its so sharp it doesn't strike me as a theatrical prop and I dont know if it might be genuine. Can anyone shed some light on this?



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Re: Weapons identification

Postby Brother Ranulf » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:13 pm

The sword shares many features with this Royal Naval cutlass of the late 18th century. It has a 29 inch blade and a cylindrical iron grip. Cutlasses were often straight, despite modern misconceptions:

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EDIT: The RN cutlass pattern changed in 1804 and this was the style used from around 1765 to that date. The Americans copied the design almost exactly for their own navy. This example has serious damage to the blade just below the guard (you can see it in the enlarged view) which has been "repaired" by brazing, giving it a value of just under £400. Another example I have seen is in better condition and is worth £1,500.


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Re: Weapons identification

Postby martinscott » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:33 am

great to know that Ranulf nice info.



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Re: Weapons identification

Postby simonw » Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:08 pm

Thanks for this Brother. Further googling would support your identification.
I will have to find a dealer and find out what its worth



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Re: Weapons identification

Postby Mark Griffin » Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:14 pm

Talk to Harvey Withers, or get his book from the library. 19th cent naval is probably right.


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Re: Weapons identification

Postby nKevinzz » Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:44 pm

old weapons are nice , it's so simple the design and the concept , unlike the weapons now in the present days...




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