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The American or US Navy Model M1826 Naval Cutlass by Nathan Starr (or the 1826 Starr Contract) with the RARE follow-on Iron Scabbard! #2

This particular M1826 Navy Cutlass and Iron Scabbard were found at an estate sale in Maryland, close to both the Washington Navy Yard and the Baltimore Navy Yard where early 19th Century US Navy ships were outfitted, commissioned and decommisioned. This M1826 cutlass and scabbard are in the exact same condition as found except for a bit of overall oiling and cleaning around the ricasso of the blade to show the Starr markings!

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M1826 Pattern Nathan Star Contract Federal period Naval Cutlass and scabbard

Above is another excellent example of the model M1826 naval cutlass called the Nathan Starr 1826 Contract (also known as the 1826 Starr Contract) Naval Cutlass with the VERY rare metal scabbard which was produced as a follow-on contract as it was not part of the original procurement.

Note the one piece sheet metal closed cup counterguard and knuckleguard and the angle of the wooden grip secured onto the single fullered curved blade.

The M1826 naval cutlass also had a new design in that the closed cup and knuckleguard were flanged out along the edges and at the turned down quillon. The hilt-blade angle was very unique and a departure from previous models which is very similar to Starr's enlisted cavaly saber (called the Starr Contract of 1818).

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".

Grip Nathan Starr Contract of 1826 Pattern Naval Cutlass

The Starr Contract of 1826 Naval Cutlass is very recognizable with the flared and black japanned one-piece sheet metal iron counterguard and knuckleguard, wooden grip with 10 turned rings and iron ferrules on either end, and especially the distinctive hilt-to-blade angle.

hilt and grip nathan starr contract 1826 naval cutlass


knuckleguard cup of n starr contract 1826 naval cutlass

Note the wooden grip with 10 turned rings with front and back ferrules. The knuckleguard cup is outward flanged along the sides. Much of the black japanning is still found on the cup and guard.

N STARR and US stamps of the 1826 contract M1826 naval cutlass ER inspector stamps of the nathan starr 1826 naval cutlass

Note the "US" and "N STARR" stamps on the ricasso of this M1826. The "ER" stamp of the naval inspector at the Starr factory can be found on the obverse side of the ricasso where it should be.



starr contract 1826 naval cutlass and scabbard tips starr contract 1826 naval cutlass blade and scabbard length

Showing the tips and length of both the cutlass blade and iron scabbard. Both meet the original regulations.

starr contract 1826 naval cutlass front guard and blade starr contract 1826 naval cutlass and scabbard throat, ricasso, front guard

Above you can see the more angles and photos of the M1826 guard and throat of the scabbard meeting all regulation specifications.

starr contract 1826 naval cutlass scabbards throat

Above shows the throat of the scabbard in detail with the iron lozenge which fit into the leather frog that was attached to the waist belt.



starr contract 1826 naval cutlass and scabbard

Above you can see the more angles and photos of the M1826 guard and throat of the scabbard meeting all regulation specifications.

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US Federal Navy Model M1826 Nathan Starr 1826 Contract of Naval Cutlass w/ rare Metal Scabbard! - #1
RARE! Perfect example of a Model 1826 Nathan Starr Contract Naval Cutlass fully marked and comes with original iron Scabbard!! The wooden grip of the cutlass has some separation and the iron scabbard has a very minor dent. The hilt has been stamped with the rack number "76" and the spine of the blade has been stamped with XVIII. Only 2000 of the M1826 were produced.

NOTE: Collectors and Buyers Beware! Excellent unmarked reproductions (forgeries) of the M1826 were produced in the 1970s but without the regulation scabbard. There are distinct differences which exist and can be seen when placing an authentic M1826 beside the 1970 reproduction/forgery.
 
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US Federal Navy Model M1826 Nathan Starr 1826 Naval Cutlass w/ rare Metal Scabbard! - #2
RARE! Another perfect example of a Model 1826 Nathan Starr Contract Naval Cutlass fully marked and comes with original iron Scabbard! Both cutlass and scabbard are in excellent condition without any damage or loss. Only 2000 of the M1826 cutlass were ever produced.

NOTE: Collectors and Buyers Beware! Excellent unmarked reproductions (forgeries) of the M1826 were produced in the 1970s but without the regulation scabbard. There are distinct differences which exist and can be seen when placing an authentic M1826 beside the 1970 reproduction/forgery.
 
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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!
 
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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.