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J. Dillon
08-08-2008, 07:40 PM
A friend has this cutlass. From the images can any one tell anything about it ?

JD


http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/2940/cutlass1ai6.jpg

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/2194/cutlasshandle2ar1.jpg

Thorne
08-08-2008, 07:51 PM
Need some closeups of the blade, plus any makers marks or whatever. Can be hard to tell some of the Victorian-era repros from the real thing sometimes.

Phillip Allen
08-08-2008, 08:00 PM
Gad...what a way to make a living!

Sailing reenactor
08-08-2008, 08:10 PM
It's been advertised as an East India Trading Co. cutlass. That's a dandy. They run about $250 new. If he was wanting to give it away to someone I'll be the candidate!;) They are mostly made by Windlass steel crafts in India, but there are other makers. That one doesn't look like the one that Windlass makes, as the shell guard on theirs is bigger. (I don't suppose it's an original?) If it is it probably isn't worth much. Be better of giving it away!:D
If it's an origanal cutlass it was probably made by a bladesmith, it probably dates from the mid to late 1700's. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Tom Hunter
08-10-2008, 08:04 AM
At the very least the handle is new, and if there are no makers marks then it is likely that the whole thing is new but may have been "antiqued."

A handle like that gets uncomfortable after a while, round is much better. Also I think the guard is wrong for actual fighting, which makes me think this is a modern decorative peice.

Mrleft8
08-10-2008, 08:38 AM
Unless that handle is bone it better have been imported before 1980 something, or it's subject to confiscation and destruction.

The Bigfella
08-10-2008, 09:15 AM
The handle looks a bit like ivory doesn't it?

Mrleft8
08-10-2008, 09:22 AM
The handle looks a bit like ivory doesn't it?

My point exactly.