Sword, scabbard and wrist straps

Object Number: 
1941.1023ab
Date: 
1840-1865
Medium: 
Steel, brass, rope; leather, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 27 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 3 in. ( 68.9 x 14 x 7.6 cm )
Description: 
Cutlass with broad, straight, double-edged steel blade; brass hilt with guard consisting of a broad strip of brass that gradually expands from the pommel, curving into a wide flat counter-guard with curved quillon with cylindrical finial; grip molded with scalloped pattern and secured to tang with two transverse rivets; pommel in the form of an oval knob with a capstan rivet; rope wrist strap tied to grip; leather scabbard with brass throat with circular frog stud and brass tip with ball finial.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this cutlass was used by Charles Hawley Brantingham during the Civil War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Adelaide Milton de Groot
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group