Cutlass

Object Number: 
1941.400
Date: 
1800-1830
Medium: 
Steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 1 in. ( 73 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on back of blade: "Klingenthal" etched: on obverse of blade: "Artillery / of / Virginia" etched: on reverse of blade: "Victory / [or] / Death" incised: on backstrap of grip: "E + S"
Description: 
Sword with broad, slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with an additional cutting edge on back of blade that extends 6 1/4 inches from point; brass stirrup hilt cast in one piece; parallel ridges molded on grip; bird's head pommel with backstrap and ball finial.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword belonged to Abraham Van Nest (1777-1864).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Sarah H. Van Nest
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group