A silver-hilted cuttoe attributed to John Bailey
Lot 1476
A silver-hilted cuttoe attributed to John Bailey
third quarter 18th century
Sold for US$ 9,200 inc. premium

Antique Arms & Armour

5 Apr 2005, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

Lot Details
A silver-hilted cuttoe attributed to John Bailey
third quarter 18th century
Slightly curved 27 inch single edged blade stamped on either side with four maker's marks in the form of a man's head crowned with a laurel wreath and signed apocryphally ANDREA and FARARA. Silver hilt comprising a slotted S-shaped guard, chased on both sides with leafage, the outer rim scalloped; chain guard formed of two strands of small circular links; dog's head pommel. One-piece grip of green tinted spirally fluted elephant ivory. Together a silver scabbard throat inscribed on the interior side J. Bailey/N.York and with an unmarked center mount. Together with a copy of the February 1980 issue of The Gun Report, featuring an article on John Bailey by Andrew F. Lustyik, a copy of the March 1987 issue of Man at Arms with an article on Bailey by John S. du Mont and a group of correspondence concerning this sword.
Condition: Blade showing areas of light pitting and few small nicks to edge. Fine hilt with dark unpolished patina. Grip showing some wear to stained finish and with hairline crack on upper side.
See Illustration

Footnotes

  • Note: John Bailey, the well-known New York cutler and silversmith, worked in various locations from 1755-1815. His most famous work is the hunting sword he made for George Washington, now in the Smithsonian Institution. For a very similar dog's head hanger, see the Adams, Bailey sword illustrated in the John S. du Mont article listed above.
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