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The maker of this rare Confederate cutlass is unknown, but based on similar known D-guard knives and cutlasses, one example of which is marked “Dufilho N Orleans” and another marked “Cook & Brother”, we can be relatively certain that they were made in New Orleans, perhaps by George Folsom, F.H. Barbot, K.S. Derickson, or W.F. Gerard, each of whom had Confederate naval contracts to make cutlasses and “boarding knives”.
The cutlass measures twenty-five inches in length, with a twenty and three quarter inch blade. The blade has some old sharpening marks which are grey with age, so it was done during the period. There is a little bit of play in the D shaped guard. The scabbard is an original (though not to this cutlass as issued) and may have been originally intended as a bayonet scabbard and remarkably has the original over the shoulder belt. The accompanying pictures show how the belt was attached to the scabbard, and it is unquestionably original to this scabbard. What attracted me to this cutlass was actually the scabbard. I love the way the belt attaches; sewn on/woven into it, so that I know that it is the original belt and was not added later. When was the last time you saw a scabbard with its unquestionably original belt? If only they had left the buckle on it, it would be perfect. However, any three prong shoulder belt plate would work with it.