This is a classic example of an American made spontoon as served the colonies in the third quarter of the century through the Revolution. See Swords and Blades of the American Revolution, Neumann, #97.PA, #100.PA, #104PA and #111.PA for closely related examples. These served during the French and Indian War and the many skirmishes which followed, through the Revolution. This example is 13 3/8” long with a leaf shaped point, ridged on one side and flat on the other. It has a forged seam conical socket pierced for a securing pin and addorsed hooked base lugs. It compares favorably with the four cited and is struck twice with a maker’s mark at the base. None of the above are maker marked and maker marked examples are very rare.