Iron hand hammered single shell guard with curling top quillon and lower sweeping knuckle guard ending in a half round iron button finial - the guard also has an inward curling thumb ring. Finishing out the cutlass is a hand filed octagonal bone handle with a brass band where the sword meets the guard. Also, on the handle is a matching octagonal domed iron capstan; tang of the sword runs through the handle and is peened over the capstan. The bone handle has several small stress cracks, stains and slight yellowing to signify age. This sword has great aging and supreme balance and weighs just over 1/5 lbs like the original. The blade stamped with Todd's touchmark.
These swords were held in a storage locker in a room called the hold under the deck of the ship. Weapons including swords, muskets, pistols, and powder were locked up and only provided to the ship's occupants when needed.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers