Sword: cutlass

Cutlass (Period)

Cutlass (Period)

The “cutlass”, or “curtelasse”, has a short, thick blade.  Its shorter blade made the cutlass useful in close quarters, and so was favored by sailors.  It’s found in the arms of Tatnall, 1632 [Guillim2 340].

Elena McKenzie bears:  Purpure, two cutlasses in saltire edges to chief and a base rayonny Or.

Basilius Fuchs bears:  Per chevron throughout argent and sable, two cutlasses in chevron sable and a phoenix Or rising from flames proper.

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