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Colonial-made British 18th Century Naval Boarding 1750s-1780s Revolutionary War Era Boarding Ax! This Very Crudely Made Specimen indicates "American Colonial" construction with the Original Turned Handle has Two Sanded Areas for a Greater Grip! This Well Documented British Royal Navy Styled Boarding Ax "Tomahawk Style" Used and Virtually Unchanged from the French Indian Wars of the 1750's thru to the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars of the Very Early 1800s up until 1855 when it was Replaced. Specimens Have Been Found Around the World Wherever British Royal Navy, East Indiamen, and English Privateers Sailed. It was also the Mainstay Boarding Ax Used by Privateers and the Colonial American Navy Pre and Post Revolutionary Periods.

British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816

British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816

Above photo illustrates both obverse and reverse sides of a British Royal Navy Boarding Ax Found in the United States by The Pirate's Lair and is now in our private collection. This model of Boarding Ax is well documented in all research studies and guides, particularly in "Boarders Away".

This particular Americal Colonial-made British Royal Navy boarding ax has the name "A LEWIS" in early 19th century font and type is stamped onto the wooden handle up near the langets. This is the second boarding ax with the exact same incised stamp or punch into the wood near the langets, the other appears to be of French construction. Perhaps "A. Lewis" was an early collector of Boarding Axes and this was a way of marking his pieces for ownership.



British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816 British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816

Note the well defined ball butt found on most boarding axes.



British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816 British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816

This is the classic "tomahawk" style of ax head used by the British Navy. This particular style with the distinct downturned blade was used predominantly in the mid to late 1700s and may even have been of colonial American manufacture.



British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816 British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816

Note the name "A LEWIS" stamped into the wood.



British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816 British Royal Navy Boarding Ax 1750-1816

Comparison of the US and Australian found Boarding Axes.





 
Colonial-made British 18th Century Naval Boarding 1750s-1780s - Ax #10
Classic 18th Century British Navy "Tomahawk" Style Naval Boarding Ax in Museum Quality Condition. Very crudely made which indicates "American Colonial" construction. The original turned handle has two sanded areas for a greater grip and with straight sided riveted langets in the mid-late 18th century style. Slightly curved blade with curved non-beveled spike. Marked with the name "A. LEWIS" on the wooden handle just below one of the langets. No other markings
 
British Navy or American Naval Boarding Ax
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 Total Length: 28" long
Head: 9" long
Blade: 3.5"
Spike: 4.5"
 
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The naval cutlass was also sometimes known as a navy sword or naval short sword as the blade was sometimes significantly shorter than some of the 30" plus blades found on infantry and calvary swords.

moreover the sweeping blade of the cutlass was called in french the "falchion" which distiguishes it from the straigher sword blades.