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M1860 Naval Cutlass

Started by hink441 , Jul 31 2017 05:54 PM

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#1 hink441

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:54 PM

Hi everyone. I just got my first cutlass and I wanted to share it here. I believe this is an early made cutlass, she is a little beat up but I like the character. I believe this is serial number 611, or possibly 1,611. I really don't know for sure. I know they started to factory serialize these with number 600, so this one is possibly a very early 1861 made cutlass.

Thanks for looking.

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#2 hink441

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:57 PM

Here is a picture of the serial number.


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Dated blade.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:59 PM

Ames marking.

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And a " F S T" marking on the pommel.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 06:02 PM

More pics.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 06:47 PM

Great piece, always liked the M1860 Navy Cutlass and yours has a nice untouched patina. The numbers marked on the guard I always though were rack numbers and had nothing to do with a production number per say. I'd be interested in what others have to say



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 06:58 PM

After digging into the contracts with Ames and the Navy, the stamped numbers are actually serial numbers requested by the Navy.  Since yours has a M, your serial number would be 1611, not 611.



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Posted 01 August 2017 - 03:55 AM

That's one nice cutlass. I'm also a fan of the ones that look like they've been our there doing their job. I think the only out of the ordinary marking is the "F S T" near the pommel. I don't think I've seen a marking there before.



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Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:05 AM

great navy cutlass - I like the use - not too much but just enough - well done



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:27 AM

Thank you for all the comments.

I agree with Woodymyster and will call this one serial number 1611.

The "F S T" stamp on the top of the pommel is still a mystery to me. I would guess it could be someone's initials, or possibly some Naval command.

Chris

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:16 AM

Very nice and I like the look.  

 

I got a bunch of these once from a gent who got them off US destroyers at the end of  WWII when the ships were being decommissioned. 



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 04:15 PM

Very nice and I like the look.  
 
I got a bunch of these once from a gent who got them off US destroyers at the end of  WWII when the ships were being decommissioned. 


Daggone I wish I had a bunch of these!!

Chris


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