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Early Rare Salem Navy Cutlass 1700-1725

32.25" slightly curved, single-edged blade, 1.25" wide at ricasso with three narrow, unstopped fullers, measuring 24.5", 27.75" and 27.5" respectively from the spine towards the edge. 4.5" iron hilt with simple knuckle bow terminating in a rudimentary forward swept quillon, a simple clamshell guard and a faceted bone grip. Blade marked XXX FERARA XXX in bottom fuller on obverse, and XXX ANDREA XXX in the bottom fuller on the reverse; an attempt to infer the blade was made by the famous 16th century sword and blade maker. The misspelling of the name as "Ferara" versus the correct "Ferrara" is evidence of that. An old collection tag on the blade reads "The Salem Naval Cutlass / Salem, Mass. ca 1700-1725." The attribution is not supported in any way, but the cutlass is typical of colonial era cutlasses both American and foreign made ca 1720-1750.

Condition:

Good. Blade moderately oxidized with brownish gray patina and scattered pitting, numerous nicks along the cutting edge. Clear markings, hilt and guard with similar patina. Bone grip loose and may be a very old replacement.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$881
09/12/2018

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