War of 1812 period when piracy was ramped. Brass hilt made of surplus elements. The guard from a damaged Napoleonic four slot naval officer's sword stabilized with an overlaid plate. Rounded backstrap/pommel. The grip wrapped with sail maker's cording. 22 5/8" broad straight wedge section blade. While virtually all merchantmen were armed against boarding with private purchase cutlasses, very few were actually produced on ship board as this example obviously was. Enormous character with dark patina and encrustation to the guard. Grip wrap worn from use. The blade dark with light tool marks as made. Very possibly an actual pirate made and used example.