The Wallace Collection

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Cutlass
  • Cutlass
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Boka Kotorska, Montenegro
  • 18th century
  • Silver, steel, wood and leather, cast and chased
  • Length: 71.5 cm, overall
    Length: 58 cm, blade
  • Inscription: 'P.D.' probably those of the owner
    Inscription: circle and cross These may be French import marks, possibly c. 1838, or petit garentie, 1803-1819
    Inscription: Two small, indecipherable silver marks These may be French import marks, possibly c. 1838, or petit garentie, 1803-1819
    Inscription: One small, indecipherable silver mark These may be French import marks, possibly c. 1838, or petit garentie, 1803-1819
  • OA1697
  • Oriental Armoury
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  • Comprised of a short, curved blade, widening towards the point with two narrow fullers, and a cast and chased silver hilt of typical form, the pommel worked into the form of a monster’s head, the straight guard having fan-like terminals. The hilt also includes a knuckle-guard made up of short, triple lengths of fine chain joining plates at either end with a middle plate, inscribed with the initials P.D, probably those of the owner, together with a tiny circle and cross. The knuckle-guard plates also bear two minute, indecipherable silver marks, with an additional one found on the upper locket. These may be French import marks, possibly c. 1838, or petit garentie, 1803-1819.

    Scabbard of polished black leather laid over a wooden core, with locket, chape and suspension ring mount, all made to match the hilt.

    Although the blade is quite short the hilt is of a normal size, indicating that this weapon is a purposely short cutlass, rather than a miniature.

    A sword of similar form is in the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, no. 1709 N.C.