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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]


Received it safely this morning and extremely happy with it!

S S, UK, 06.01.2010

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006