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Title London police cutlass
Nationality English
Period c 1820
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This is the first issue cutlass for the London police of George IV's reign. It is made by the Gill family (Birmingham cutlers), who ceased business in 1826. The only other people who could have used this would have been the various dock police in the London area. Occasionally these turn up with the area letter for a London district on them.

Police cutlasses in this period were normally only issued for riot duty and convict escort, but in the turbulent years after Waterloo they were clearly necessary for preserving public order.

'No 26' on the hilt and 'No 39' on the scabbard are almost certainly rack numbers and, although mismatched, clearly, from all photographic evidence and my own experience, this is the correct type of scabbard for the weapon.

The leatherwork has suffered with age (with considerable crackelure and loss of the original nap of the surface), but the seam is intact on the reverse. The bottom chape has had some careful silver solder repair where the metal had cracked open. There is some minor denting to both chapes. The copper securing rod for the top chape has been shortened somewhat, resulting in the top chape being loose. The hilt is a little buckled in parts, but it has the original fish skin grip, which is in remarkable shape for its age.


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

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The belt buckle arrived this morning. I'm delighted with it. I've been after one for years.

H S, UK, 11.02.2014

The packet has arrived safely and the content is very nice!

R P, Italy, 08.02.2008

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