25" curved, single-edged blade with 18.25" narrow fuller along spine, 1.25" wide at ricasso. 5.25" hilt with turned wood grip with 10 grooves and sheet iron full basket guard with rolled quillon. Obverse ricasso with weak remnants of inspection marks, reverse weakly marked US / N. STARR. Remnants of black japanning on guard, particularly on the interior of the basket. Only 2,000 of these swords were contracted for with Starr in 1826, and they remain a very scarce and early US Naval cutlass.
Good. Blade with moderate surface oxidation, surface scale and light pitting. Guard with some original black japanning present on the guard. Wood grips with age and wear, showing some dings and mars.
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