Old South Military Antiques

Cook & Brother Cutlass
Item #: OS-6999






Ferdinand and Francis Cook, emigrants from England, determined "that rifles could be made here as well as in Yankee land or in Europe.” And proceeded to open a weapon manufactory at Number One, Canal Street in New Orleans in June of 1861. Mr. Cook knew what he was talking about, and what he was doing. The rifle they produced was said by an ordnance officer to be "superior to any that I have seen of Southern manufacture." And its quality truly was not excelled in the South, and, with the exception of the raw materials, not in the world.

The company moved to Athens, Georgia when New Orleans surrendered in April 1862, and set up a manufactory to produce rifles, carbines, bayonets swords, carbine slings, pikes, etc.

This is a maker marked example of the company’s cutlass. The grip and guard are as tight as when the cutlass was made. The COOK & BROTHER stamping on the upper side of the counterguard is as crisp and clear as it could possibly be. The blade is beautiful and retains its original luster; even the cross-grind is bold. There is one large nick in the blade and a couple of the lightest of nicks. Under close examination I can see that that someone has knocked the burr from the large nick down with a file, but the point has not been retipped. The cutlass is still in its original Cook & Brother scabbard. The scabbard is unbroken and has lost the stud, and has severe surface flaking, but it has not been repaired and is not fragile.

Price $6,500.00 USD