Cutlass, US Navy, Officer, Civil War, 1860
This one is the U.S. Navy Model 1860 Cutlass with proper markings. Serial number "M397" is clearly marked on the hand guard. These will be encountered with dates of 1861-1865. Made by the Ames Sword Manufacturer in Chicopee, Mass. They were issued with a twisted brass wire bound leather grip over a wood core. The wire is missing from this model, denoting use aboard ship and in battle, where the wire was removed to avoid it coming off and injuring the user. Salty and rare!