For sale, this very nice example of a staple of naval warfare: the 1804 British cutlass. The 1804 was produced until 1814, but continued to be carried aboard ships of the Royal Navy until its replacement by the 1845 pattern, no doubt owning to its extremely simple and resilient construction.
This 1804 has had a full life, with a very nice broad blade with typical salt water patina, stamped to George III, as well as a remain of the maker’s mark. The hilt is slightly bent, possibly due to a repair at some point in its life, but the hilt is extremely solid. It still bears most of its japanning intact. The front of the guard is stamped with the roman number XXXI, possibly a rack number, which could indicate use on an American ship, possibly after capture.