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The D-guard knife shown here was made at the Columbus, Georgia Naval Iron Works. There are several known variations of knives/swords that were made at the Naval Iron Works. The most common and well known of these is a cutlass that utilizes the identical blade and wooden grip pattern as that shown here, but with an “S” shaped cross guard made of either brass or iron. This is the first however, that uses the identical grip and blade as the more common cutlass, in conjunction with a D style guard.
The D-guard is definitely not a post-production addition; this is the way it left the Iron Works. This is the second D-guard known to have been made at the Columbus Naval Iron Works, but these two are different. I speculate that the Iron Works was experimenting with producing D-guards in mass, and that each of these two are prototypes.
There is a small amount of loose play in the guard and there is a crack in the wooden grip, but the grip is in no danger of splitting further that it has. The blade is in stellar condition; it remains smooth and semi bright from ricasso to point. There is no doubt that this cutlass remains in its original configuration; it has not been cleaned, repaired or altered in any way.
This massive D-guard measures twenty-four inches from pommel to point making it among the largest known D-guards and its maker is well established. I believe this makes it a bargain at $2,995.00.