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Authentic Standard Contract Naval Cutlass for Naval Sea Service used by British and Dutch East India Companies, Various European Navies, Privateers, and Pirates! Yes, Pirates! When Captured or Stolen this was the Naval Cutlass of Choice used by Pirates on the High Seas Throughout the Late 16th, 17th and Early 18th Centuries.
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This style of all-iron cutlass with "shell" guard and thumb ring was easily and inexpensively produced for almost 200 years by various cutlers and sword makers across Europe with most surviving pieces produced by Passau and Solingen both regions in what is now Germany as documented in Gilkersons authoritive "Boarders Away" reference guide. The "Germanic" symbol used for cutlers within the Passau region was a crudely scribed Running Fox or Running Wolf.

This particular contract naval or maritime cutlass was found in the United States, others of exact make and model have been found around the world mainly in Europe, Africa, Carribean and Central/South American and places as far away as Australia which we have documented with a separate web page! To help substantiate and document the provenance and history of this cutlass that is now part of our collection we have included some photos and information on the exact same make/model cutlass displayed in the National Museum of the American Revolution. While production of this particular style of naval or maritime cutlass began to be phased out during the mid 18th century due to better construction methods and materials, it was still widely used during the French-Indian Wars, certainly during the American Revolution, and some were even found on Privateers during the War of 1812.

During the Renaissance and early modern period, Passau was one of the most prolific centres of sword and bladed weapon manufacture in Germany (after Solingen). Passau smiths stamped their blades with the Passau wolf, usually a rather simplified rendering of the wolf on the city's coat-of-arms. Superstitious warriors believed that the Passau wolf conferred invulnerability on the blade's bearer, and thus Passau swords acquired a great premium. As a result, the whole practice of placing magical charms on swords to protect the wearers came to be known for a time as "Passau art." (See Eduard Wagner, Cut and Thrust Weapons, 1969). Other cities' smiths, including those of Solingen, recognized the marketing value of the Passau wolf and adopted it for themselves. By the 17th century, Solingen was producing more wolf-stamped blades than Passau was. In 1662, a devastating fire consumed most of the city.

1745 contract naval cutlass used by pirates, privateers, east india companies

contract naval cutlass made in passau germany 1650-1750

Crudely Engraved Date of 1745 with Running Wolf or Running Fox m1911 dutch klewang cutlass with scabbard #6

Hilt of Passau Germany produced naval cutlass naval contract cutlass 1745 note wire wrap grip and thumb ring

reprint documentation and verification in neuman reference book reprint naval contract cutlass 1745 note wire wrap grip and thumb ring

reprint documentation and verification in neuman reference book

The above are reprints from Neuman's Scholastic Reference Book on Swords and Edged Weapons of the American Revolution!

photo of exact same cutlass as found in the National Museum of the American Revolution

NOTE: THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH WAS FOUND IN THE "NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION" - SAME MAKE, MODEL AND CHARACTERISTICS AS THE NAVAL CUTLASS SHOWN ON THIS PAGE!

 
European Contract Naval Cutlass
Excellent condition! Dated 1745 with Running Fox or Running Wolf of Passau (German) Production. Made and used by Naval forces, Dutch and British East India Companies, Privateers and Cutlass of Choice by Pirates!
 
Authentic Privateer and Pirate Cutlass Pre-Revolutionary War
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Custom Wooden Wall Brackets for the Naval Cutlass
Elegant in Their Simplicity! Custom Crafted Wooden Wall Brackets Specifically for a Cutlass Display or Sword Display for a Secure, Beautiful and Professional Presentation.

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!
 
The Pirates Lair Custom Made Handcrafted Oak or Wlanut TPL Wall Brackets to Safely, Securely, and Properly Display Your Cutlass or Sword Without Damaging Wall or Weapon
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