Category: cutlass



British Police Constabulary Short Sword dates from the mid to late 19th Century and is nicely identified on the knuckleguard 4th Division Cheshire Constabulary. It is mounted with a slightly curved blade that measures 22 ¾ inches in length which remains in good condition however does have some old surface pitting scars and staining. The brass stirrup guard is simple in design and frames a fishskin covered hilt that remains tight and in healthy condition. The leather scabbard wears brass fittings and although is a little crackly does remain in good serviceable condition. Overall measuring 28 ¼ inches in length. 

Photos from (Item

144717) and Illustrated London News, October 19th, 1867 (London police performing cutlass exercise).


British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

The Marshall’s Office, Mansion House, London, Official’s Side Arm c. Mid 19th C, the 44.5 cm curved broad blade with single fuller and spear point is unmarked, ribbed black composition hand grip with stirrup shaped hand guard, quillon and back strap, this engraved with ‘Marshall’s Office, Mansion House, London No.5’, together with its black leather brass mounted scabbard.

This is the second cutlass from Mansion House to come to the market this month! 

Mansion House is the home and office of the Lord Mayor of London. The Marshall’s Office may have been associated with the magistrates’ court which was located in Mansion House. I assume that a store of similar swords was kept there for whatever law enforcement officers were present at Mansion House.


British Chest of Arms, c.1830

Made by Woolley, Sargant and Fairfax. Pine Chest containing twelve flintlock musketoons, pistols, bayonets and cutlasses

Photo from the Butterfield & Butterfield auction catalog for the Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson bequest to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in October of 1996, and now in the collection of the Royal Armouries in Leeds.


From Instructions for the Exercise of Small Arms, Field Pieces, etc., for the Use of Her Majesty’s Ships, 1859.

British Police Cutlass, Mid-19th Century

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Century

An unidentified British naval cutlass, or perhaps a lead cutter. This sword has only one marking, a stamp on the ricasso which looks like a number 3. So technically it could be any nationality – however the form of the grip strongly suggests that it is British. The guard is narrower than most later Victorian cutlasses and coupled with the grip style this could indicate a pre-1845 experimental cutlass. However, the blade is unusually long for a cutlass at 31 inches. This may indicate it is a sword for Lead Cutting or other similar sword feats and indeed it has been edged and retains a fine edge, of not being exactly sharp anymore. However, the cutlass is not heavy like a typical Lead Cutter and is relatively light for the size. This is a pleasing sword in the hand and everything is solid. 

British Cutlass with Pattern 1845 Style Hilt

A mid-Victorian naval cutlass with less common straight double-edged blade. There is a visible proof/approval stamp on the ricasso, but the precise date and model of this type of cutlass is unclear. The hilt is the 1845 pattern, but that pattern usually has a 29 inch single-edged and slightly curved blade. This 29 inch blade is straight and double-edged.


British Pattern 1889 Cutlass made by Robert Mole & Sons

British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

By Parker Field & Son, London with plain guard and shaped wooden handle in original leather scabbard with belt strap, by John Ireland & Son, stamped DMP 585, approx. 61 cm (24").

British Pattern 1900 Naval Cutlasses

With chrome finishes to both, blades are marked Wilkinson and have various markings to the blades, one marked 1903 the other marked 1902.