Category: swords

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Centu…

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. 

Antique Sword Cleaning — Forde Military Antiqu…

Antique Sword Cleaning — Forde Military Antiques: undefined

Gbaya sickle sword, Central Africa, early 20th…

Gbaya sickle sword, Central Africa, early 20th century.

from Karlsson and Wickman

Viking sword, 10th century AD

Viking sword, 10th century AD

from Czerny’s International Auction House

Silver mounted dha, Thailand, 19th century.

Silver mounted dha, Thailand, 19th century.

from Olympia Auctions

British Pattern 1846 Naval Officer’s Sword Wi…

British Pattern 1846 Naval Officer’s Sword

With etched fullered blade bearing proof mark and signed Wilkinson, London. Having brass hilt with lion mask pommel, fouled anchor and folding guard and with shagreen grip, blade length 74.5 cm.

European Sword Stick, Late 19th Century or Ear…

European Sword Stick, Late 19th Century or Early 20th Century

A sword stick, late 19th/early 20th century, the grip well carved in the form of a dogs head with painted nose and mouth and inset glass eyes, upon a bamboo body with horn ferrule enclosing a cross form blade indistinctly struck “NUTT”. Blade 67.5 cm, 97 cm overall.

Omani Kattara, 19th Century A good 19th centu…

Omani Kattara, 19th Century

A good 19th century Omani sword kattara from Zanzibar. Broad straight DE blade 77 cm cut with a short shallow fuller, leather grip entirely covered with woven silver tape and wire, tall silver pommel, in its leather covered scabbard with decorative string work, fitted with silver chape and twin hanging bands chiselled with flowering foliage en suite (locket missing). Note: See Elgood 1994 pl.2.16 for a similar example; and ibid. p.2 et seq. for a discussion of the history of Omani possessions on the African coast and their significance to Omani arms production.

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword…

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword

Brass decorated kastane, Sri Lanka, 19th centu…

Brass decorated kastane, Sri Lanka, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House