Conquistador period, C.1550. 4 5/8” length, forged iron of the type found at a few sites in Mexico and Southwest America and evidently forged in North America, possibly from broken swords as available iron was restricted to that brought by the Spanish. Absolutely utility quality hastily forged out in contrast to the 17th century examples which show better workmanship and limited artistic expression. While the Spanish were astonishing to the Indians, they were also immersed in a culture equally strange to them and had suffered some casualties at the hand of the Indians. This weapon is the product of their struggle for survival and ultimately, conquest.