Early Dog Head Pommel Cuttoe Dated 1787

27.25" curved, single-edged blade, 1.25" wide at ricasso, with 6" false edge and 21" unstopped fuller along spine. 5.5" hilt with silver plated dog's head pommel, shaped four-slot guard and double chain knuckle bow. Spiral grooved wooden grip. Blade marked on both sides with the date 1787 and a running fox motif, additionally with a Maltese cross on the reverse near the ricasso. A small plate secures all of the chains in the center of the guard, engraved with a rudimentary fleur-de-lis on one side and on the other: Capt C. B. Consignor notes that this sword was presented to Caleb Brewster of George Washington's famous Culpepper Spy Ring. The sword is additionally published with that attribution in Daniel Hartzler's American Silver-Hilted, Revolutionary and Early Federal Swords Volume II as figure 451. Hartzler attributes the unmarked sword to maker James Youle, who had been a partner with famous silver-hilted sword maker John Bailey in New York prior to the American Revolution.


Good. Blade cleaned, leaving the markings slightly weak in some areas. Tip rounded, with numerous nicks in the edge of the blade. Guard bent and broken in at least two places, silver plate mostly present with nicely tarnished patina. Spiral grooved grip rosewood grip with a deep purple tone showing some handling marks and .5" chip missing from the obverse.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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