When was the last time these were used on board RN ship? Just sent in from one of our UK readers – we have no idea what the answer is – do you?! https://wrhstol.com/2U5xxwO
Cutlasses were not issued after 1936 and were retired from service some time during WWII. The cutlass in your photo is the British Pattern 1889 Cutlass, the second to last regulation pattern cutlass used by the Royal Navy. The last regulation pattern cutlass used by the RN was the Pattern 1900 Cutlass. Is the ship above the HMS Warrior?
British Pattern 1892 Infantry Officer’s Sword for an Officer of the Royal Army Medical Corps
This is a rare pattern which was used by officers of the [Royal] Army Medical Corps [RAMC]from 1892 to right after the First World War when they switched to the more common 1897.
This particular sword has a solid hilt with a nice deep patina. The guard and blade are marked to Edward VII.
In 1895, infantry officers were required to update their hilts from the old brass “gothic” hilts to the new P1895 steel hilt. RAMC officers continued to use the 1892 pattern through WWI, although some switched to the steel hilt prior to The Great War.