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    Exceedingly Rare US Contract Navy Cutlass, ca. 1800. Generically referred to as the "Baltimore Pattern" (Peterson #48), with only a handful of known specimens, with this example exhibiting the even rarer detail of a turned maple grip. 32¼" overall with 27½" flat curved blade with clipped point. Heavy sheet iron figure eight guard which flares at the top to form the pommel. The quillon is formed by rolling a strip cut from the guard. Turned maple grip which flares at the top and bottom with copper ferrule at each end. This example bears a wealth of markings which may aid in identifying the maker and context of usage of these swords. The obverse of the blade bears an upside down P, the reverse with a pin punched applied 9/16" high "78". There are three notches neatly cut along the back edge of the blade near the hilt. The face of the central lobe of the guard is marked with a block US. The upper copper grip ferrule exhibits the shaded, hand engraved markings, "G 44 2 2B". The condition is as fine as any specimen known. Blade with a number of small nicks on the upper 14". Light to medium pitting of both sides of the upper 9" of the blade and some small patch of medium pitting on the obverse 4" above the hilt, otherwise the blade is smooth and dark. Guard smooth and dark with just a couple of small patches of very light pitting, minor. Turned maple grip with a very old 1 ½" gouge, otherwise smooth dark patina, copper ferrules also with dark patina. Excellent markings, very tight. A rare opportunity in Federal period US sword collecting.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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