Type purchased by state militias and which served both sides in the Civil War. Purchased as well by the Secret societies which formed after the war and distinguished from later examples by its lack of specific symbolism, which evolved in the 70s, related to the societies. 27 ¾ straight blade, with brown patina on frosty oxidation. Brass hilt with plain wood grip, originally japanned, now surface worn. The aging and general condition is typical as found on Confederate weapons, many of which were secreted in outbuildings in the firm belief that the South would rise again. That is by far the most likely provenance for this weapon.