Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 209: Courtney & Tennent Confederate Naval Cutlass

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Exceptional Courtney & Tennent Imported Robert Mole Confederate Naval Cutlass with Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Exceptional Courtney & Tennent Imported Robert Mole Confederate Naval Cutlass with Scabbard

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This Confederate Naval Cutlass was manufactured by Robert Mole & Son's of Birmingham, England, and imported by Courtney & Tennent of Charleston, South Carolina. These are one of the finest cutlasses ever produced for the Confederate Navy. Features include a double-edged, 20 inch wasp wristed blade with single fuller. The obverse ricasso is stamped; "COURTNEY & TENNENT/CHARLESTON, S.C." in a rectangle. "MOLE" is stamped on the back of the blade. The cutlass has a two-branch brass guard with down-turned quillian and two-piece checkered, hard rubber grip. Includes a brass tipped leather scabbard, which is a very rare accessory to accommodate one of these in any condition. These Courtney & Tennent Naval Cutlasses are described on pages 61-63 of the book "A Photographic Supplement of Confederate Swords" by William A. Albaugh III, and on page 39 of "Confederate Edged Weapons" by William A. Albaugh III.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The excellent original bright blade displays an attractive original polish with sharp edges, scattered light patches of mottled brown patina, and crisp markings. The brass guard retains an attractive untouched golden aged patina. The hard rubber grip is fine with mostly defined checkering, some light chips, and an area at the top where the checkering has smoothed. Scabbard is good with mild cracking in the leather and separating at the seam, and attractive original golden aged patina on the brass. This is a very fine example of an imported Confederate Navy Cutlass.

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