The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
.

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Model 1860 Navy cutlass.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.



Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1861, banner address.

The Naval cutlass was intended for general use as ship defense, the sword is relatively short to allow for fighting in close quarters.  Standard features include a wide brass sheet brass guard designed to give extra protection to the sailors hand, grip is leather and often the wire wraps were removed, blade has sharp curve, flat top, single fuller not stopped, scabbard is leather secured with brass rivets and a finial to hang on a frog, there is no throat.  Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing, Chicopee, Massachusetts.   Ricasso is marked "Made By / AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS" banner address,  and "1861".  Numbers stamped on the guard are ship rack numbers.  Blade length 26in.
Ref: Crouch Swords pg 94, Fig 119.


W1154     Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1861, banner address.

Ref: Crouch Swords pg 94, Fig 119.


Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, banner address.
     
The Naval cutlass was intended for general use as ship defense, the sword is relatively short to allow for fighting in close quarters.  Standard features include a wide brass sheet brass guard designed to give extra protection to the sailors hand, grip is leather and often the wire wraps were removed, blade has sharp curve, flat top, single fuller not stopped, scabbard is leather secured with brass rivets and a finial to hang on a frog, there is no throat.  Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing, Chicopee, Massachusetts.   Ricasso is marked "Made By / AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS" banner address,  and "1862".  Numbers stamped on the guard are ship rack numbers.  Blade length 26in.
Ref: Crouch Swords pg 94, Fig 119.

W0974     Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, banner address.


Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, banner address, DR.

The Naval cutlass was intended for general use as ship defense, the sword is relatively short to allow for fighting in close quarters.  Standard features include a wide brass sheet brass guard designed to give extra protection to the sailors hand, grip is leather and often the wire wraps were removed, blade has sharp curve, flat top, single fuller not stopped, scabbard is leather secured with brass rivets and a finial to hang on a frog, there is no throat.  Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing, Chicopee, Massachusetts.   Ricasso is marked "Made By / AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS" banner address,  and "USN / DR/ 1862".  Numbers stamped on the guard are ship rack numbers.  Blade length 26in.
Ref: Crouch Swords pg 94, Fig 119.


W0506     Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, banner address, DR.
 

W1205     Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, banner address, DR.

W1206     Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, banner address, DR.


Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, block address, DR, New Jersey.

The Naval cutlass was intended for general use as ship defense, the sword is relatively short to allow for fighting in close quarters.  Standard features include a wide brass sheet brass guard designed to give extra protection to the sailors hand, grip is leather and often the wire wraps were removed, blade has sharp curve, flat top, single fuller not stopped, scabbard is leather secured with brass rivets and a finial to hang on a frog, there is no throat.  Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing, Chicopee, Massachusetts.   Marks on ricasso, "AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS." (block style),  and "1862 / DR/ USN / ".  Also marked "NJ", this piece was apparently bought by New Jersey.  Numbers stamped on the guard are ship rack numbers.  Blade length 26in.
Ref: Crouch Swords pg 94, Fig 119.

W1150     Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, block address, DR, New Jersey.


Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1864, banner address, DR.

The Naval cutlass was intended for general use as ship defense, the sword is relatively short to allow for fighting in close quarters.  Standard features include a wide brass sheet brass guard designed to give extra protection to the sailors hand, grip is leather and often the wire wraps were removed, blade has sharp curve, flat top, single fuller not stopped, scabbard is leather secured with brass rivets and a finial to hang on a frog, there is no throat.  Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing, Chicopee, Massachusetts.   Ricasso is marked:  "MADE BY / AMES MFG CO. / CHICOPEE /  MASS." (banner style),  and "USN / DR/ 1864".  Numbers stamped on the guard are ship rack numbers.  Blade length 26in.
Ref: Crouch Swords pg 94, Fig 119.

W1147     Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1864, banner address, DR.