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    18th Century Cutlass/Hanger

    Recent acquisition, a decent 18th C. cutlass/cuttoe/hanger (choose your term!). Pretty solid. The leather of the scabbard almost certainly later.

    Was wondering if anyone had any insight on the guard inscription:

    No. 23
    VLIIC
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    I would say it is based on British hunting hangers of the 17th and 18th century although to common and crude for British cutler manufactur. Possible American, what are markings on shell guard, hard to see. Black Beard is reputed to have used one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Fairbanks View Post
    I would say it is based on British hunting hangers of the 17th and 18th century although to common and crude for British cutler manufactur. Possible American, what are markings on shell guard, hard to see. Black Beard is reputed to have used one of these.
    The markings on the shell say:

    "No. 23
    VLIIC"
    Last edited by Brian T. Carpenter; 12-21-2020 at 11:39 AM.
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    Nice blade I would love to see a picture of the tang.

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    In Revolutionary War IC stood for Independent Company. It is possible this is from one of those. Eric
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul G. View Post
    Nice blade I would love to see a picture of the tang.
    A bit blurry; sorry!
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