From a well-known group of which many variations in detail are known. Brass hilt with lion head terminal cross guard and foliate pommel with fully modeled lion in attack stance. One piece horn grip. 25 1/8” wedge section blade with acutely hatched point. The base marked FERNANDO ESSER/ELBERFELD/ACERO FUNDIDO/GARANTIZADO, indicating manufacture by Frederick Esser Co, Elberfeld, Germany, founded 1857. See Espadas Españolas, Mompaler, P.401-403 for other examples, all described as swords of Infantry Officers of the Spanish Army in Cuba. It is stated elsewhere that these were carried by Revolutionary officers in Spanish colonies. This example is of superior quality for the group.