Model 1860 Naval cutlass with an interesting history. It was in service on various vessels from the Civil War to 1931. It was around for the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and WWI, not to mention several other conflicts including the Philippines, the Banana Republics and other hot spots around the globe!! It has gone through much use as well as numerous cleanings and polishes. The blade is housed in a M1917 black leather scabbard. The end of its service was in the arms locker of the U. Submarine S49 and so marked on the back of the frog. This vessel was used for training and experimental work in submarine research and development. It was to be scraped in 1931 but not before the Navy removed her deck guns and small arms including a number of cutlasses. With war looming, the Navy reacquired the sub in 1941 and renamed her the SS-160. In 1942 the sub foundered and sank off of Point Patience, Maryland in the Patuxent River and still rests there to this day. Please read below for more information and condition of this sword. Length & width of blade….. 25-3/4″ long, 1-1/4″ wide, single edged blade with 1 wide groove on each side. Smooth gray surface with scattered speckling and surface scratches – no cracks, bends, no edge nicks or fatal flaws. Has seen much cleaning / polishing and consequently any maker marks have been worn off. It still retains a leather buffer pad. The original brass cupped hand guard was removed at some point in the sword’s history and replaced by a single branch brass knuckle bow. The cross guard is marked “25 M” over “496”. The top of the pommel has an inspector mark “_R”, the first letter being illegible. The grip is bound with twine and tarred. It is missing the leather and grip wire. The entire hilt has been varnished, much of it still remaining. Very slight movement between hilt and blade, approximately 1 mm. Upgraded to a Model 1917 black leather scabbard and frog. In overall excellent+ condition. All stitching is tight. No breaks or repairs. Fits the blade like a glove. The back of the frog is marked: “USS S49″. Sword is as found. It is in overall very good+ condition and in serviceable condition. It came out of a tobacco smoke environment. Additional photos gladly sent upon request. Please note, this is a 7 day listing. The item “M1860 U. S. NAVY CUTLASS, SWORD, SABER CAME OFF A U. S. SUBMARINE IN 1931″ is in sale since Tuesday, September 17, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons”. The seller is “johneo” and is located in Troy, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Modified Item: Yes
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Modification Description: Has an old repair: knuckle guard has been replaced. Sword is a M1860, scabbard is a M1917. Has seen many cleanings & polishings. In service from the Civil War until 1931!!
- Featured Refinements: U.S. Navy cutlass, sword