Straight unfullered spear-pointed blade, steel bowl guard with turned-over edges, Ribbed cast iron grips, steel pommel. The leather washer has been lost.
The ricasso of the blade is stamped on one side with a broad arrow and ‘WD’, indicating War Department property, a crown inspection mark over E, indicating manufacture at Enfield, and an ‘X’ indicating that it passed a bending test. On the other side it is stamped with ‘’93’, its year of issue, and another two crown inspection marks. The top of the guard is similarly marked to the first side of the blade: the broad arrow, ‘WD‘, an Enfield inspection mark, but also an ‘N’ indicating naval use. The pommel is stamped with ‘32’, probably a rack number. The exposed tang in the hilt is stamped with a ‘U’.
The 1889 Pattern cutlass resulted from a rethink in British cutlass design. Its blade was straight rather than curved and a little heavier than its predecessors - almost a step back towards to the massive 1804 Pattern. Its sheet steel guard looked to the Army instead, being clearly inspired by the 1882 Pattern cavalry trooper’s sword, with the rolled edge making the guard more rigid as well as reducing rubbing against the wearer’s uniform.
Some pitting to the blade, concentrated on one side (see photos) and some along the spine. Small areas of pitting and patina to the hilt and grip, along with polishing marks on the outer bowl. The Victorian navy favoured ‘shiny cutlery’ on parade, and examples can often be found heavily polished rather than treated with resistant coatings.
£300 including UK postage - see the Blackthorn Antiques website for purchase, for details on postage elsewhere and for more antique arms not shown on Gunstar.
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