Cutlass

Object Number: 
1947.295
Date: 
1800-1830
Medium: 
Steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 in. ( 71.8 x 11.4 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on tag attached to object: "CUTLASS / found / in the Nagel or / 'Century' House / 1904. Wood"
Description: 
Sword (hanger) with curved, single-edged steel blade that tapers only slightly from hilt to point; C-shaped brass knuckle-bow, curved quillon with disk finial, grip with parallel ridges, and domed pommel with backstrap cast in one piece.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was found in the Nagel (Century) House at 213rd Street and the Harlem River in 1904, several years before the house was dismantled for construction of the Indepedent Subway. The sword was once part of the Reginald Pelham Bolton Collection of Revolutionary War relics at the Jumel Mansion in New York City.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Jumel Mansion
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group