Established in 1861 by Ferdinand and Francis Cook, Cook & Brother was at one point one of the largest arms manufacturers in the Confederacy, but had to flee New Orleans in advance of a Union assault and re-establish themselves in Athens, Georgia, where the company spent the remainder of the war. The employees of the firm, 400 strong at their peak, formed an "Armory Guard", and Ferdinand died leading them into battle in 1864. Like most Confederate manufacturers the Cooks mainly produced copies of American Army equipment, including their naval swords, which were patterned after the U.S. Model 1841. Primarily concerned with the production of rifled muskets, Cook & Brother swords were produced in limited quantities, and few survive today.
Measuring: 25 1/2 inches overall, with a 20 1/2 inch straight unmarked blade. The hilt is cast brass, with a fish scale pattern on the grip and deeply die stamped "Cook & Brother" on the front upper face of the guard. This is exceptional relic example of the Cook & Brother New Orleans M1841 Style Confederate Naval Cutlass.
Inventory Number: CON 148