Rare Maritime Cutlass and Scabbard Dated: 17th/18th century blade with 19th century scabbard Place of Origin: Morocco
Moroccan maritime cutlass, 17th to 18th century. The steel blade of characteristic form with copper quillons in assymetric curve and engraved silver mount at forte comprising floral motif, the faceted rhino-horn hilt with ribbed-dome finial, wooden scabbard with red-ground velvet and gilt metal-thread embroidery comprising six-point star and vegetal motif, with ensuite engraved copper chape and lock with central rectangular panels comprising floral motifs.
The blunderbuss was a very common pirate firearm & a favorite of 17th and 18th century French pirates. They were an ideal boarding weapon & the funnel-shaped barrel made for quick & easy reloading in the heat of battle. Handguns were used far more than cannons, since few knew how to use a cannon safely & gunpowder was dangerous to store aboard ship. In 1669, the infamous pirate Henry Morgan accidentally blew up an entire store of gunpowder with a single gun. It damaged but didn't sink the…
Indian (central, Maharashtra) bank dagger/sickle, 19th century, steel, bronze, gold, jade, pearls, wood, velvet, overall length, 21.0 cm. The Feldman Collection.