Iron hilt with wire wrapped barred grip. 36" d.e. blade marked POR EL REY CARLOS III/CAVALLERIA T.o. 1771. Classic as served in the New World and illustrated in numerous standard references including Swords and Blades of the American Revolution (296.S). This example identical to Spanish Military Weapons in Colonial America, p.82 including the inscription and date. Blade nicked both edges. The hilt with stable medium rusting which is superior for these which invariably are found heavily rusted.