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.
Copyright: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum