Scarce French Model 1833 naval boarding cutlass, known in French as “Le Sabre d' Abordage.”
The 680mm falchion blade has a thick, flat spine and broad single fuller on both sides. The spine is engraved with the details of the cutlass’ manufacture by the Chatellerault armoury in April, 1842. The single-edged blade is double-edged for the last 130mm and terminates in a hatchet point. The blade has been service sharpened and retains its fighting edge.
The forte of the blade bears a large anchor on both sides and the ricasso is stamped with two inspection poincon. The obverse ricasso bears a single poincon. The blade is in excellent condition for its 187 years of age and use, with only a few minor patches of tarnish along the spine and edge.
The steel bowl guard is in great condition with wear to the Japanned finish consistent with use. The front of the beaked quillon is stamped with two poincon and the numeral 2. The rear of the beak has three. The blade is firm in the hilt.
This is an excellent example of an increasingly hard to find French boarding cutlass with plenty of inspection and government ownership stamps, clearly visible anchors and easily readable spine engraving.