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Title Constabulary/prison officer's cutlass, iron-mounted
Nationality British
Period c 1850
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I suspect that, from the quality of the workmanship, this is an unmarked Parker Field cutlass. PF were the official armourers to the Metropolitan Police from formation in the early 1830s. These swords were issued for riot duty, convict escort and the prison service throughout the Victorian era.

This, with iron mounts, is considerably rarer than the brass-mounted type. The blade measures 23.75" long and 1.25" wide at the forte. There are some minor nicks on the leading edge. The blade has virtually all its factory polish.

It is now quite hard to find one as clean as this, as the external iron mounts are almost invariably rusty from long neglect.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 19th Century]


Just to let you know the two propelling pencils, in the form of pistols, have just arrived in the condition you sent them. Thank you very much indeed for your excellent and prompt service, and I will keep a look out on your site for any other pencils you may have for sale in the future.

M H, UK, 09.02.2011

I received the first [buckle] today. Excellent!!

D R, UK, 11.01.2011