Commodore John Barry's Cutlass

Commodore John Barry's Cutlass

Date made: Late 18th century

Dimensions: 33 inches

Steel sword said to have belonged to Commodore John Barry, father of the American Navy.  The cutlass has a single curved full blade, split knuckle guard, and turned wooden hilt.  The blade is inscribed "Pro Gloria Et Patria" (for glory and country).  The handle has a gilt, gargoyle head pommel from whose mouth extends the guard.  The blade has numerous nicks indicating it saw battle.  The sword hung in President John F. Kennedy's Oval Office.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum