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Antique L Wells & Co New York Sword Saber Cutlass Possibly War of 1812

This impressive weapon is from the period that includes the war of 1812 and was sold by L. Wells & Co of New York – a silversmith who operated from about 1790 into the early 1800’s and added the decoration after importing it from England. It features a 33-1/4” blade with wide fullers ending 5-1/4” from the tip, iron hilt with stirrup shaped knuckle guard with one D branch and wire wrapped leather covered ridged grip. The blade is blued to the point of percussion and within that area is gold filled engraving. Etched in the right side of the blade just in front of the ricasso is “L. Wells & Co. / New York” and beneath it there is a “G” stamped in the ricasso. The engraving depicts some sprays, an American Eagle holding an E PLURIBUS UNUM banner while on the other side is a stand of arms and Lady Liberty with shield and spear. The edge is unmolested except for about 10 nicks of various sizes. The bluing has faded in the region near the grip. The sword is sound with no movement of the grip and only the slightest movement of the guard. Three turns of the wire are present, one of them being loose. The scabbard is a pleasant gray and brown patina with scattered shallow dents here and there while both suspension rings are present but the throat mouth is not (the throat spring is present). So buckle on some swash and have at it! If you have questions please email us at This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of February 18th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-16-19A--19-06-06