C.1820-50, a period of considerable pirate activity in the Atlantic. Completely unmarked. Brass hilt of briquet form universally adopted from the Napoleonic model and possibly a refurbished Napoleonic example. 19 3/8” blade of broad wedge section with short false edge which provides an effective thrusting point. The blade proportioned for close in shipboard fighting but of sufficient weight to sever boarding lines which were cut on the rails. Swords of this type were used to protect merchantmen from pirates, as well as by pirates. Scarce and well preserved for use at sea.