It has a 26-inch (66 cm) blade and is 32 inches (82 cm) long, including the grip.
The Model 1860 naval cutlass was adopted just in time for the Civil War. It is probably the most popular American naval weapon with collectors. It was used as a model for the illustrations of pirates by generations of artists though of course it was incorrect. Nevertheless, it is still thought of as the classic sailors cutlass.
Here is an excellent, early example. It was made by Ames Manufacturing of Chicopee, Massachusetts and is dated 1861. It has a 26-inch (66 cm) blade and is 32 inches (82 cm) long, including the grip. It has seen naval service and is marked with its rack numbers on the brass guard. The blade has been sharpened in the past and is a silver gray in color with a few darker spots though no rust. The pommel and guard are unshined brass. The basket of the hilt has a few small dents but is completely intact. The leather and wire on the grip is gone but the wood is strong and complete. As is usual with these cutlasses, the scabbard is gone. This is a good, typical example of this weapon and it is nice to have the early date.