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Athentic American Confederate States Navy (CSN) Naval Cutlass Made by Mole & Sons of Birmingham England and Imported into the Confederacy by Courtney & Tennent of Charleston SC


Photographic Historical Analysis and Technical Characteristics. Theere are ONLY two absolutely confirmed models of naval cutlass used by the Confederate States Navy Cutlass and were both manufactured in Birmingham, England by "Mole & Sons" and imported for use into the Confederacy by "Courtney & Tennent, Charleston, SC".

The CSN model cutlass shown below (and in The Pirates Lair Collection) has the open brass hilt with a knuckle guard and a single lower branch. The upper branch on this specimen was lost possibly to battle damage and was professionally removed and guard skillfully polished. The second CSN cutlass model was also made by Mole and has a closed brass cup similar to the Union Navys M1860. Both models were marked "MOLE" along the top edge of the blades ricasso and also stamped "Courtney & Tennent, Charleston SC" in a box on the blades ricasso.

Courtney & Tennent were both well known businessmen prior to the war and after it broke out, set out as dealers and distributors in providing various types of swords and buttons to the Confederate Navy.


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Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Here you will find a brief Historical Analysis and Technical Documentation along with Maker Marks of the naval cutlass used by the Confederate States Navy (CSN)

While there certainly must have been other models of Naval Cutlass used by the sailor of the Confederate Navy the cutlass illustrated here (and the closed cup model) are the only absolutely 100% fully documented cutlass models purchased by the Confederacy specifically for its Navy.

Battle Damage and Repairs: It has been conjectured that this particular cutlass was subjected to certain battle damage in that while the rest of the cutlass including the grip is in excellent condition the upper branch is missing and was professionally removed and guard repaired. It has also been noted on other of these models that the top brass branch was easily subject to damage and cracks. Additionally, the blade tip on this cutlass has been professionally ground off and polished by at least one inch, again most likely to battle damage. It can preseumed that the damage to the upper branch and tip happened at the same time as certainly the repairs were done concurrently as well.

Confederate States Navy Cutlass w/ Open Brass Guard: 25" overall length with 19.75" blade, checkered two-piece grips on hilt, brass guard and pommel, a tapered steel blade stamped "MOLE" on the back side of the blade, ricasso having stamped rectangle enclosing "COURTNEY & TENNENT CHARLESTON, S.C.". This cutlass came with a leather scabbard with brass tip and throat.

Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

In the photo to the right one can barely discern where the upper branch connected to the top guard and the bottom knuckle guard. The original grip is made of a black checkered leather secured thru and thru by 5 rivets.

Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Again one can see where the upper branch should have been attached to the guard and knuckle guard.

Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

One can discern the name "MOLE" on the top edge of the ricasso exactly where it should be.

Confederate States Navy Cutlass by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

The stamped "box" in which "Courtney & Tennent, Charleston SC" also appeared is barely discernable in this photograph. On the specimen itself it can be better seen.




BELOW IS FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT CONFEDERATE STATES NAVY CUTLASSES MADE BY MOLE - NOT OWNED BY THE PIRATES LAIR

Confederate States Navy Cutlass Closed Guard and Scabbard by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Above photo illustrates the "closed cup" model of Mole & Sons produced naval cutlass used by the Confederate States Navy with its corresponding scabbard.

Confederate States Navy Cutlass Closed Guard and Scabbard by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Above photo illustrates a clear example of the "Courtney & Tennent, Charleston S.C." stamp on all of the CSN cutlasses found on both open and closed guards.

Confederate States Navy Cutlass Closed Guard and Scabbard by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC Confederate States Navy Cutlass Closed Guard and Scabbard by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Above photos illustrate an exceptionally well preserved checkered grip and open guard CSN cutlass. Note the two correct branches attached as should be.

Confederate States Navy Cutlass Closed Guard and Scabbard by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC Confederate States Navy Cutlass Closed Guard and Scabbard by Mole imported by Courtney and Tennent of Charleston SC

Above photos illustrate the pommel and branches attached to the brass guard.

 
Confederate States Navy CSN Boarding Cutlass
Very Rare Civil War Confederate States Navy Boarding Cutlass manufactured by Mole & Sons of Birmingham, England and imported by Courtney & Tennent of Charleston, SC for use by the Confederate Navy.
 
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These Handcrafted Wooden Wall Brackets or Wall Mounts Are Made for the Wide and Large Hilts Normally Found on Cutlasses and Some Swords and Prevent the Hilt or Cup From Touching the Wall. The TPL Wall Brackets Come Complete with 2 Brackets and 2 Mounting Screws, and are Available in 3 Sizes with a Choice of Oak or Walnut Woods!
 
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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.