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Nathan Starr 1816 Contract - Model M1816 Naval Cutlass for the American Navy during the Federal Period - only 2,000 Produced!
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M1816 Pattern Nathan Star Contract Federal Period Naval Cutlass

Above is an excellent museum quality investment grade and very rare example of a properly marked the Nathan Starr 1816 Contract Naval Cutlass. A scabbard was not made for this model cutlass and it was typically worn thrust through the seaman's belt.

The M1816 is very similar in shape and design to the earlier M1808 also produced by Nathan Starr except that the 25.75" straight single fullered blade on the M1816 is slightly shorter but heavier, the cup guard or hilt is slightly outward flared along the edges, the maple grip while still having the iron ferrules has a distinct bulge in the middle of the grip (the M1808s maple grip is straight).

Examples and documentation of this specific cutlass can be found in Gilkerson's "Boarders Away" page 96. Also found on page 52 of Peterson's "The American Sword, 1775-1945". Also on page 45 of Rankin's "Small Arms of the Sea Services".

Nathan Starr Contract of 1816 Pattern Naval Cutlass



Nathan Starr Contract of 1816 Pattern Naval Cutlass

The Starr Contract of 1816 Pattern Naval Cutlass M1816 (while similar to the M1808 contract) is very recognizable with the flared edge and black japanned one-piece sheet metal iron counter guard and knuckleguard, smooth turned wooden maple grip with a slight bulge in the middle with securing iron ferrules on either end, and the slightly shorter yet heavier straight single fullered blade.

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starr contract 1816 naval cutlass starr markings

The 25" single fullered straight blade "N.STARR" stamped on the obverse ricasso.

n starr contract 1816 naval cutlass turned maple wood grip


nathan starr 1816 contract model m1816 naval cutlass guard



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nathan starr contract 1816 naval cutlass blade n starr contract 1816 m1816 naval cutlass blade

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US Federal Navy Nathan Starr 1816 Contract Model M1816 Naval Cutlass

RARE! Another Museum Quality Investment Grade and perfect example of a Model M1816 Nathan Starr 1816 Contract Naval Cutlass fully and properly marked! The wooden maple grip of the cutlass has some separation. Only 1000 maked versions were ever produced, possibly unmarked versions for Privateers.
 
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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 Nathan Starr 1816 Contract of naval cutlass was also sometimes known as the N. Starr Contract 1816, or 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.